Senior Duchy Appointment

Tim Crow

Following a rigorous selection process, The Duchy of Lancaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Crow to a new in-house position as Head of Legal Services.

Mr Crow, who has been serving as Deputy Official Solicitor to the Church Commissioners since 2001, will take up his new position in the early summer.

In his new role, Mr Crow will be responsible for in-house counsel and liaison with the Duchy’s external legal advisors, as well as advising the Duchy Surveyors of Lands in the course of their commercial duties. Reporting to the Chief Executive Paul Clarke CVO, he will also assist with Duchy appointments and ceremonial duties.

Commenting on the new appointment, CEO Paul Clarke CVO said: “We are delighted that a solicitor of Tim’s calibre and experience has agreed to join the Duchy. His years at the Church Commissioners have given him excellent complementary experience in both general estate management matters and ecclesiastical appointments which will be invaluable to the management team.

Mr Crow, who was educated at Barnard Castle School and Anglia University, qualified in 1980, before joining Sussex-based practice, Michael Patterson Solicitors. He later became a partner with Anderson Longmore & Higham, specialising in agricultural property and estate management, before joining the Church Commissioners property team in 1995.

Founded in the 13th century, The Duchy of Lancaster is a private portfolio of land, property and assets held for the Sovereign in His or Her role as Duke of Lancaster. Today, The Duchy of Lancaster is custodian of 18,700 hectares across England and Wales, including key urban developments, historic buildings, high-quality farm land and areas of great natural beauty.

The Queen, as Sovereign, is entitled to the income from the Duchy estate, but not the capital or any capital gains deriving from Duchy assets.

The Duchy of Lancaster is managed and administered by an executive team headed by CEO Paul Clarke CVO and supported by the Duchy Council, chaired by The Lord Shuttleworth KCVO.