Mark Ruffell - Ecclesiastical / Religion

Mark Ruffell - Ecclesiastical / Religion profile

Mark is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester. He has dealt with many applications for faculty permission relating to church buildings and has determined Faculty Petitions following a hearing in a Consistory Court.

Mark irepresents Petitoners and Parties Opponents in other dioceses outside of the Diocese of Winchester. He regularly gives advice to Local Authorities on the re-use of cemeteries where there is consecrated ground.

Mark has been a churchwarden for 15 years and has personal experience of reordering a church.

Mark is a member of the Ecclesiastical Judges Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society.

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Overview

Year of call: 1992
Appointments:
  • Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester
  • Legal Adviser to the GPhC, ACCA, NMC, GCC and CiLEX
  • Disciplinary Panel member of the Taxation Disciplinary Board (TDB)
Areas of specialism:
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Business and Commercial
  • Courts Martial
  • Criminal
  • Ecclesiastical / Religion
  • Inquests and Inquiries
  • Public Access and Direct Access
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary
  • Transport Law
Additional languages:
  • French
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Divinity (B.D. Hons. Lond., A.K.C.)
  • Diploma in Law (University of Westminster) 1991
  • Called to the Bar 1992 (Middle Temple)
Professional associations:
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Ecclesiastical Judges’ Association
  • Western Circuit
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Association of Road Transport Lawyers
Outside Interests:
  • Mark is a former FA level 1 football coach and team manager, as well as being a Churchwarden and Borough Councillor.
  • Former member of a Licensing Authority’s Licensing Committee.
  • Member of Local authority crime and disorder panel from 2002-5.
  • Advisor to the Shadow Parliamentary Front Bench on Home Affairs from 1999-2001 (Mode of Trial Bill and Private Security Industry Bill).
  • Member of Local authority internal employment tribunal chairman from 1993-4.
Notable Cases:
  • R. v. Midmore [2017] EWCA Crim 533; Criminal Law Week 2017- hearsay in text messages
  • R. v. Martin [2014] EWCA Crim 1940; [2015] 1WLR 588; [2015] 1CrAppR 11; [2015] Crim LR 83 - meaning of supply
  • S, Burt & Others [2005] EWCA Crim 3616; Archbold 2018 5-507- extended sentences