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Pothecary Witham Weld is based in Central London providing specialist advice locally and nationally to charities and not for profits; individuals and families; companies and partnerships.

The firm is best known for its church, charity and schools work and is widely regarded as one of the leading firms in these fields in the UK. The firm is also highly valued locally for its friendly and accessible range of legal services.


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It is with great pleasure that the partners of Pothecary Witham Weld and Haslam & Payne announce that, from 1st October 2021, Richard Payne, Mark Lewis and Jason Manley will be joining the property team at Pothecary Witham Weld as consultants.

Gerald Kidd, Managing Partner of Pothecary Witham Weld said:

“This affiliation will bring together two firms with long and trusted histories of conveyancing practice within Pimlico, the surrounding areas and wider afield. At the heart of this collaboration is the desire to provide clients new and old with an enhanced portfolio of residential and commercial legal expertise and services which are cost effective, reliable and sustainable for the future.

Richard Payne, Partner at Haslam & Payne agreed and added:

"We are very much looking forward to our new relationship with Pothecary Witham Weld going forwards and the benefits that this will provide to our established clients in the future."


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We are pleased to continue to support you with all your legal needs using a range of virtual means or with socially distanced meeting facilities at our client friendly offices at 84 Eccleston Square. 

We look forward to helping you with your personal or business issues:

Individuals – Wills, Powers of Attorney, Probate and Letters of Administration, Trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyships.

Companies – Debt Recovery, Redundancy, Furlough, Redundancy, Disputes and Governanace.

Charities – New Registrations, Changing your Charity Structure or Constitution, Solvency, Strategy and Compliance.

Property – Buying and Selling Freehold and Leasehold, Leashold Enfranchisments, Rent Issues, Commercial Investment.

Disputes – helping you bring, defend or settle a claim involving individuals, companies or charities.

Employment – advising the employer or employees on a wide range of employment law issues.

Documents – swearing of documents, certifications, affidavits or statutory declarations by prior appointment.

Please get in touch and let us know how we can help you resolve any legal concerns that you may have – our professional and experienced team are on hand to assist you. You can contact us here.

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Temporary changes to SDLT rates stand to benefit residential buyers

Good news for anyone proposing to buy a residential property as the Chancellor announced on 8 July that the nil rate band for stamp duty land tax has increased to £500,000 with immediate effect. The increase is part of government measures to help the residential property market return to normal, after property sales fell by half in May, and negative annual house price growth was observed in June for the first time since 2012. 

The change will mean considerable savings for residential buyers. Previously, for non-first time buyers, the nil rate band was set at £125,000, with SDLT payable above this figure as a percentage depending on the purchase price of the property. For example, in the case of a property worth £300,000, a buyer would pay nothing up to £125,000, 2% on the price up to £250,000, and then 5% on the price up to £300,000, totalling £5,000 in SDLT. Under the new rules, the same buyer would not have to pay any SDLT at all. 

The increase in the nil rate band applies to first time buyers and those who have purchased property before, as well as companies buying residential property. People purchasing second homes or as buy-to-let will still have to pay the additional 3% SDLT surcharge, but will also benefit from the increased nil rate band, paying just 3% up to £500,000.  

Buyers will have to move quickly however, as the increase is only scheduled to last until 31 March 2021. SDLT rates will then automatically revert back to the previous levels.  

PWW have an active residential property team who are operating at full capacity during the current lockdown, and can assist with all of your conveyancing needs. Please do not hesitate to contact our conveyancing team by clicking here. You can read more about our residential property services here and check our conveyancing fee scale here.


When you next log into your online Charity Commission account you may find you need to confirm or update your charity’s information before being able to submit your annual return or being able to access other services.

The Charity Commission has increased the level of information it requires of a charity including trustees’ email addresses and telephone numbers, charity bank account details and information on whether the charity has any of the following policies:

  • conflicts of interest,
  • paying staff,
  • volunteer management,
  • risk management,
  • investment,
  • complaints handling; and
  • safeguarding

Changes have been made to the Annual Return too. Click the link to check our reference sheet which sets out the changes.

Please contact the Churches and Charities Team if you need any assistance.

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