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Pothecary Witham Weld provides specialist legal advice to charitable institutions, private individuals and companies.

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.


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PWW was pleased to sponsor and exhibit at the FSI Skills Conference 2017 hosted by the Foundation for Social Improvement which took place at Resource for London, Holloway Rd on 9th March 2017.

The event was aimed at those charities with a turnover of under £1.5 million and over 200 delegates took part in the 20 workshops. Nadeem Azhar and Peter Spencer of PWW ran a workshop on ‘Fundraising and the Law’, which focused on Charities and Fundraising, Fundraising and trading, Legal and regulatory compliance and investment.

A link to the slides from the Fundraising and the Law’ workshop can be accessed here.

We enjoyed meeting and giving advice to many of the delegates on the day and look forward to discussing various issues raised in the future.




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Trainee Solicitors

Pothecary Witham Weld recruits one trainee solicitor to start each year in September.  Applications for a training contract commencing September 2016 are now closed.

Applications to commence in September 2017 will reopen in September 2016.



















































Governance Workshops

Pothecary Witham Weld offers governance workshops to charities and not for profit organisations who will be able to meet with two members of the Charities team. The workshop is an informal meeting which can last up to two hours. It is designed to cover the hallmarks of good governance and suggest ways in which an organisation can improve its decision making and accountability. It is an opportunity for the organisation to ask questions and discuss any concerns.

Specifically the aims of the workshop are to:

  • Review the organisation’s governing document and establish whether it continues to offer a modern and workable set of rules and procedures
  • Identify whether Trustee appointments continue to operate efficiently
  • Review how operational decisions are taken and whether there is an appropriate balance between the Trustee Board and the Staff and Executive of the organisation
  • Identify the key risks that the organisation is exposed to, which individuals are liable for such risk, and how such risks can be mitigated
  • Review the organisation’s assets and financial procedures in order to establish whether effective controls are in place
  • Review the level of public benefit advanced by the organisation  and whether there are any conflicts of interest or private benefits in order to identify any legal or regulatory issues

The workshop is offered for a fixed fee of £150 plus VAT. It is open for as many representatives and Trustees from the organisation that wish to attend. If you would like to arrange a workshop, please contact Gerald Kidd or Nadeem Azhar.

Trustee Training

Pothecary Witham Weld offers various trustee training events covering topics relating to the duties and liabilities of charity trustees. This can be a general overview of trustee duties and we are also happy to cover specific topics of concern in more detail if requested, for instance conflicts of interest or financial benefits to trustees.

These can be structured as 1-2 hour sessions or longer, day sessions with lunch provided.

The trustee training workshops start from £150 + VAT.

If you would like to arrange a workshop, please contact Gerald Kidd or Nadeem Azhar.

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