Obituary: Tim Berry 1945 - 2017

First published 20th April 2017

Tim Berry, the former registrar for the Diocese of Bristol, has died following a short illness. 

Tim was articled to the late Charles Wyndham Harris, and became a partner in Harris & Harris upon qualification as a solicitor in 1970. He became Senior Partner in 1975.

Tim was a nationally recognised specialist in Ecclesiastical and Charity Law and served as Diocesan Registrar to the Diocese of Bath and Wells from 1993 to 2015 and the Diocese of Bristol from 1997 until 2015.

During a career that spanned 50 years, Tim played a leading role in the continuing growth of Harris & Harris, and in particular the firms Commercial Property and specialist Ecclesiastical and Charity Law practices. Tims enthusiastic, incisive, and thoughtful approach was appreciated by his clients and colleagues alike. Tim was a trusted advisor who approached his work with uncompromising integrity, empathy, and humility. His approach personified the guiding principles of our firm which are his lasting professional legacy. Tims loss is immeasurable to all those that knew him, personally and professionally.

Our thoughts are with Tims wife, Shirley, his sons Jonathan and Daniel, and their family at this difficult time.

Roland Callaby, the present Diocesan Registrar of the Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Diocese of Bristol succeeds Tim as Senior Partner of Harris & Harris.

Tims family has requested that any messages of condolence are sent via Harris & Harris and that their privacy is respected at this time.

A Service of Thanksgiving for the life and work of Tim will be held at Wells Cathedral on Friday 19 May at 2.30pm.

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