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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.


Latest News & Events 

New Offices 

On Monday 26 October we opened the doors to our new offices at 84 Eccleston Square, Pimlico SW1V 1PX beginning the next exciting chapter in our 200 year history of providing expert and friendly advice in the Pimlico area and beyond. We will be delivering all our usual service for individuals, companies and charities from client friendly offices with modern facilities, very close to Victoria Station. 

While a number of our staff continue to work from home, we have solicitors and paralegals on site following Covid-19 protocols who can help you with all your legal enquiries such as Swears, Certifying documents, Wills, Probate, Conveyancing, Lease Extensions, Disputes, Debt Recovery, Employment issues and Charity matters.  Appointments can be made in person or using our virtual meeting facilities.  Contact us here and let us know how we can help you.  We look forward to welcoming you to our new home!



PWW is delighted to once again be highly ranked in the latest edition of the Legal 500, with fantastic testimonials such as the following:

What I think makes PWW unique is that it is a small firm but has highly specialist knowledge, which enables it to compete with the larger firms that specialise in this extremely niche area and still offer extremely competitive fees' .

The Church and Charities Team has retained its ranking in Band 4 in a competitive market but, in addition, Christopher Perkins has been identified as a legal 500 “Rising Star” for his work on Charity Property Transactions. 

The Team looks forward to helping you with all your charity and not for profit set up, governance, training, property, employment, dispute and fundraising matters.

Click here to speak to Team.

We have been helping clients for over 200 years and we look forward to helping you with all your individual, business and charity needs during the challenges of Coronavirus.

PWW is operating at full strength across its Wills and Probate, Property, Employment, Charity and Dispute Resolution departments.     

As well as our usual services, we are able to assist you with all the latest Coronavirus changes to regulation and legislation.

Latest legal updates


Knowing the ‘members’ of your charitable company and what their obligationsthey to the charity are

Temporary changes to SDLT rates stand to benefit residential buyers

Rent Reduction during the Covid-19 lockdown: Advice for charity and commercial tenants

Conveyancing transactions during the corona crisis

Action needed before you submit your Annual Return

Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – Are you up to date with the new Regulations?

New rules on the automatic disqualification of acting as a charity trustee or senior employee

PWW - Legal 500 Ranking

Key Points on GDPR

Lasting Powers of Attorney - The Attorney's Guide

Brexit and the potential implications for religious workers

Brexit and the Charity Commission 

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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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