About Law & Religion UK


Law & Religion UK was conceived as a forum for the academically-rigorous exploration of the interactions between law and religion – broadly defined – together with the human rights issues associated with them. It is co-edited by Frank Cranmer and David Pocklington, both of whom are Honorary Research Fellows at the Centre for Law & Religion, Cardiff Law School, and have been posting on L&RUK since 2012.

The Editors are always interested in guest posts from colleagues in the field of law and religion. We also welcome pertinent comments on current developments that reflect the views and opinions of their respective authors and meet the General Conditions applying to the site. However, those that do not meet those criteria or which are otherwise unidentifiable are unlikely to be published, especially comments that are abusive or defamatory. For more information see our comments policy below.


We started regular posting in June 2012 and our milestone 2.0 million page-views was achieved in January 2021. The site has over 900 subscribers and the L&RUK Twitter account Law & Religion UK @FCranmer has ~1,800 followers. Readership of the blog is issue driven, and we have an average of 700 page-views per day.

Comments policy

We welcome comments, subject to the following conditions:

  • We will not publish comments that, in our opinion, are abusive, racist, homophobic, potentially defamatory or otherwise capable of offending the laws against hate speech – or common decency.
  • Since L&RUK is intended as a blog for academic comment, those that add little to the academic debate on a particular issue are unlikely to be published.
  • As a rule of thumb, we will not normally publish comments received more than fourteen days from the original day of posting.
  • We reserve the right to close the option to comment on a post either at the time of its publication or at any time thereafter.
  • From time to time we will review comments that have been submitted and remove those which are no longer of relevance.
  • Anonymous comments will not be published.

Our decision as to whether or not a comment should be published is final.

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Frank Cranmer & David Pocklington

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  4. Thank you for this further question, John. However, as I indicated on 28 February 2022, our Terms and Conditions indicate that we do not give advice on individual cases; furthermore neither Frank nor I are in practice. Regards, David Pocklington

  5. Sorry: as a matter of policy we don’t give legal advice. We are not competent to do so, neither do we carry the necessary indemnity insurance.

    If it’s a Church of England burial ground, I suggest you seek advice from the Diocesan Registrar, not least because you will almost certainly need a faculty to carry out the proposed works. If the burial ground belongs to one of the Free Churches, you should consult the denomination’s property officer.

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  7. I have tried your search facility but cannot find any relevant articles [perhaps because you have not covered the issue]. Have you written anything on the removal of ashes from churchyards, notably in the case of redundant churches?
    Turning ashes into jewels is an interesting matter but not relevant. Thank you for all the work you put into your newsletters.

    • Under s.25 Burial Act 1857 (Offence of removal of body from burial ground), in England and Wales “It is an offence for a body or any human remains which have been interred in a place of burial to be removed” without either a faculty or a licence from the Ministry of Justice. There are numerous judgments on the treatment of ashes by the consistory courts of the Church of England, many of which are listed in our Index.

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