Services for the Methodist Church

Specialist Services for Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church

“Sintons is delighted to build upon our decades of experience in serving the Methodist Church.  The team here at Sintons enjoy working closely with Managing Trustees across the country, providing excellent legal advice and support, at cost effective prices.  Since our appointment to the Panel, it has been extremely rewarding for us to be a part of some of the diverse projects undertaken by Managing Trustees throughout the Connexion – whether straightforward or complex.  We very much look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Church over coming years”

Laura Peace, Partner, Sintons LLP


Sintons have extensive experience of working for Managing Trustees of the Methodist Church.  We have received Managing Trustees’ instructions for over 30 years and are delighted to have been appointed as Panel solicitors in 2018.  Our dedicated team of specialist lawyers already undertake work for Managing Trustees across the Country for Church, Circuit and District Trustees.

We are familiar with TMCP, Methodist Church practice and procedure and applicable Charities Act requirements. We understand what needs to be done on a transaction in order to progress matters smoothly for you.

We know the Methodist Church Panel surveyors and are used to working with them and other surveyors to ensure that comprehensive Qualified Surveyor Reports are produced at the beginning of a sale transaction.

Full Service Law Firm

We are full service law firm which means that we can deal with all of your legal needs from large multi-million pound development projects to small transactions. We already do this on a daily basis for your co-trustees.

National Presence

Our commitment to investment in modern technology means that we can easily provide legal services to Managing Trustees in any part of the country. Work by email and telephone (including conference calls) is often beneficial and we can work with video conferencing when required. We receive equally excellent feedback from Managing Trustees across the country irrespective of their location.


Our fees have been agreed with TMCP as part of our Panel Appointment and offer exceptional value for money.

We add value to our services by providing seminars on appropriate subjects for Managing Trustees – including subjects such as the duties of Trustees.  We also attend Methodist Church Conferences in Oxford and Blackpool and meet with TMCP in Manchester to ensure that we are up to date with your changing requirements and that we meet as many of your members as possible.

Sympathetic Service

We are a friendly and approachable group of experts who enjoy our work with the Methodist Church Managing Trustees and deliver a skilled, sympathetic and relevant service getting to the heart of the matter quickly and efficiently.

Examples of Work:

Work that we have done to date for Methodist Church Managing Trustees includes:

  • sales and purchases of manses;
  • sale and purchases of church buildings or whole or part of church land;
  • commercial leases and licences of church premises;
  • resolution of occupational rights disputes;
  • granting of commercial leases or licences;
  • licences for alterations and underletting;
  • advising on boundary issues and resolving the same;
  • opposing hostile applications by third parties in relation to title;
  • development agreements in relation to land sales including option agreements, overage and conditional contracts;
  • construction aspects of development;
  • advising on easements and licence arrangements;
  • first registrations of title;
  • church sharing agreements;
  • local ecumenical partnerships;
  • trust deeds;
  • telecoms leases;
  • employment matters;
  • advice on commercial contracts.

Some kind comments from Managing Trustees:

“Please can I express a personal ‘thank you’ to you all (and others who may have worked alongside you) for the terrific done on behalf of the Newcastle Central & East Circuit in association with the sales of both Longbenton & Heaton Methodist Churches. In particular, the timescale within which all of your work has been carried out has been exceptional and so helpful to our Circuit in meeting our ‘hoped-for’ deadline. Thank you very much for all your work”

“Many thanks for your kindness and super-efficient service.  Documentation is exactly what I wanted”

“Thank you all at Sintons for your help in this sale. I am well aware that it has been a very diverse road to get here but I have been impressed by the diligence shown by you all at Sintons in getting us to completion – and particularly to the point of the signed off QSR. It has been a pleasure and I should be happy to complete a post project survey if you or TMCP wish to send one”

“We are very appreciative of your help, inexhaustible patience and understanding in all matters relating to the sale of….”

“Your firm is now the……Methodist District preferred legal team! It’s good working with you”

“On behalf of….I would like to express our sincere thanks for the service you and your team provided to us during the purchase of….We certainly couldn’t have had achieved the ambitious completion date without this”

“It has been a pleasure working with you on this matter. I have been very impressed by your work ethic and care and attention throughout, despite the challenges arising from Covid-19. I also found your colleagues good to deal with. There is no doubt in my mind that your firm deserves its excellent reputation for high standards when acting for the Methodist Church”

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) focussing on the impact of COVID-19.

Call Laura Peace, Methodist Liaison Partner on 0191 226 7832 to discuss your requirements.