Alexa is a Partner and Head of the Property team. She handles a mix of commercial and residential transactions for individuals, charities and businesses. Her approach is methodical and scholarly, and she is known for her encyclopaedic knowledge. Her clients trust her implicitly and call upon her erudition with repeat instructions. She routinely deals with complex property matters, including business lease renewal and termination under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954, development agreements and sales with overage provisions, restrictive covenants, leasehold enfranchisement, (including a claim under the Places of Worship Enfranchisement Act 1920 and missing freeholder claims). Her early career as a litigator brings an added perspective to some of the potentially contentious aspects of property.

Recent Experience

  • Oversight of a development agreement for part of a site to enable construction of a replacement church and community use building, funded by grant of long lease for a hotel development over the balance of the site
  • Sale of portfolio of properties subject to a mix of residential and commercial leases on behalf of a deceased’s estate
  • Grant of a long lease of school premises with tenant taking responsibility for major repairs in return for rent concession
  • Completion of enfranchisement lease extension; flat held under two titles, marriage value payable but the freeholder served the counternotice a month late

Employment History

  • Pothecary Witham Weld inc. Haslam & Payne Solicitors 1983 – present


  • St Mary’s Convent Shaftesbury
  • Somerville College Oxford University
Connect with Alexa


  • Charity Law Association
  • Conference of Solicitors for Catholic Charities


Alexa is a governor of a voluntary aided secondary school for girls in Wimbledon and a charity trustee for a number of charities, including Oxford & Cambridge Catholic Education Board. She was also, for 10 years, a governor of an independent charitable school for girls in North Dorset. Her family keep her busy outside of work.