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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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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:-

  • Our Private Client Team is available to take Will instructions and register LPAs, including video witnessing of Wills or to assist you when a loved one has died;
  • Our Employment Team is helping employers and employees with furlough, redundancies and short time working;
  • Our Property Team has all the latest information on changes to stamp duty, conveyancing, lease extensions and negotiating changes to property rental terms;
  • Our Dispute Resolution Team is able to assist with the changes to eviction rules, Landlord and Tenant disputes and all forms of money claims;
  • Our Charity Team is able to help you and your charity navigate the challenges of lockdown and beyond, or even to help you set up a new charity or social enterprise.

Do you need a reminder of your duties as a charity trustee? Are you a new charity trustee looking for an introduction to your new role?

Please join PWW and the Small Charities Coalition for a webinar on the role and responsibilities of being a charity trustee on Tuesday 22 September 2020 at 10am. We will guide you through what it means to be a charity trustee, what is expected of you and how you can make it a success. It is a challenging time to be a charity trustee – but you have never been needed more.

Use this link to register for the webinar. Places are limited.

Please contact us here and we will be delighted to help you.


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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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