News and Insights

Welcome to our News and Insights section. Here we’ll talk about the latest legal developments with our articles and videos. You can browse or search by practice area or sector. We’ll also let you know about changes at our firm including the expansion into new practice areas, sectors and locations.






Check it out: Right to Work update

In this timely webinar, Spencer West Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams will take stock of the new right to...

Webinar | Immigration
Posted: 6 May 2021



DR John McMullen published in prestigious International Journal

Dr John McMullen has been published in the March issue of the prestigious Industrial Law Journal. The purpose of his article is...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Apr 2021



Employment Law Current Rates and Limits 2021-22

The latest rates of certain statutory payments and upper and lower limits on employment tribunal awards


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Apr 2021



Cyber Security Incidents – it’s a matter of when not if

The UK Government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2021 has shown that: four in ten businesses report having cyber security...

Article | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 12 Apr 2021



Workplace gender divide: how can employers help?

It’s been over 45 years since the Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act were introduced to address gender inequality, but...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 8 Apr 2021



What businesses can expect from Immigration reforms

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak announced measures for reforming the current immigration system during the 2021 budget, with most...

Article | Immigration
Posted: 7 Apr 2021



Press Release | Prestigious Appointment for Spencer West's Doyen of Employment Law

LONDON 29TH MARCH 2021 - Spencer West employment partner Dr John McMullen elected as a Member of the Executive Committee of the...

Article | Corporate
Posted: 6 Apr 2021



Update on Coronavirus and UK immigration

This update highlights the available policy information, the problems posed for visa holders and their employers and what they can do...


Article | Immigration | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 29 Mar 2021



Press Release | Spencer West appoints ex-Clyde & Co Senior Partner to develop APAC offering

Michael Parker to Spearhead Growth Across APAC; Increase Focus on UK Lawyers with Connections to the Region LONDON, 25 MARCH...

Article | Corporate
Posted: 29 Mar 2021



Reputation Management

Managing the reputation of an individual or an organisation is of crucial importance. Positive media coverage can enhance...

Article | Corporate
Posted: 25 Mar 2021



Contractual Service Suppliers and Independent Professionals Post-Brexit visas.

In this short video, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams explains how contract-based work by employees and the...

Video | Immigration
Posted: 24 Mar 2021



Graduate route to open for international students in the UK

The new graduate route launches on 1 July 2021. This will allow international students to remain in the UK to work. This route...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 22 Mar 2021



TUPE and Multiple Transferees

What happens to me when I work across a number of my employers’ businesses, which are then transferred under new contracts to...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 18 Mar 2021



TUPE and changes in working conditions

An employee is TUPE’d. The new employer changes my terms. These are important to me. But, he says, these terms were not...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 18 Mar 2021



Press Release | Spencer West opens Brussels office to expand EU offering post-Brexit

Expansion Will Add Considerable EU Competition and EU Regulatory Capability LONDON, 9 MARCH 2021 – International law firm...

News | Corporate
Posted: 11 Mar 2021



The Roadmap and Budget 2021: A summary for UK businesses

The Roadmap Following Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, we know that non-essential retailers, hairdressers and close...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 9 Mar 2021



Post-Brexit Travel to the EU

Now that Brexit has fully come to pass, it’s time for UK businesspeople to familiarise themselves with the details of travel...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 8 Mar 2021



What copyright owners can learn from Taylor Swift

On 12 February 2021 Taylor Swift released her highly anticipated re-recording of the 2008 single “Love Story” entitled...

Article | Intellectual Property
Posted: 8 Mar 2021



SEISS is being extended to cover the many thousands who’ve missed out on previous grants.

"It’s great news that the SEISS is being extended to cover the many thousands who’ve missed out on previous grants. I fear...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 4 Mar 2021



Budget 2021

The UK chancellor, Rishi Sunak, delivered his budget on 3 March 2021. Cutting through the rhetoric, what does it all mean for...

Article
Posted: 4 Mar 2021



When is a liquidated damages clause unliquidated and how to ensure certainty in your contract

As those of us know that work in the construction industry, disputes between the various parties involved in any construction...

Article | Construction & Engineering
Posted: 4 Mar 2021



Our employment law partner Amanda Lennon has been extensively quoted in The Daily Express on possible announcements around the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) in this week's Budget.

Our employment law partner Amanda (Lennon) Ribao has been extensively quoted in The Daily Express on possible announcements...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Mar 2021



Employment Partner Fudia Smartt commenting in The Grocer - The impact on the gig economy including Uber Eats and Deliveroo drivers cannot be underestimated

The Supreme Court last week ruled that a small group of Uber drivers had the right to be classed as workers, and so were...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Mar 2021



Business travel in the post- Brexit landscape

In this article, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams explains when employees and business people are able to...

News | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 26 Feb 2021



British National Overseas (BN(O)) visa route updates.

British National Overseas (BN(O)) visa route updates. The BN(O) visa route officially came into force on 31 January 2021....

Video | Immigration
Posted: 26 Feb 2021



Why should I use protection?

For those who take life seriously, whether you are in a relationship or not you would not leave it to chance if you did not...

Article | Family Law
Posted: 25 Feb 2021



Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa

A special UK visa for those with British National Overseas (BN(O)) status in Hong Kong came into force on 31 January...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 25 Feb 2021



UK - EU Business Travel

In this short video, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams sets out the basics of business travel between the UK...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 24 Feb 2021



Parole d'export

In this French-language podcast, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams discusses the impact of Brexit on the...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 23 Feb 2021



UK-EU break up to make up roundtable series

Please join us for an informal conversation about immigration issues affecting EU nationals and their employers in the UK....

Webinar | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 20 Feb 2021



Gratis – Spencer West’s Construction Law Advice Service

In view of the financial hardships that many companies in the construction industry are facing as a potential result of the...

Article | Construction & Engineering
Posted: 15 Feb 2021



Construction Timebomb? Detonation date 1 March 2021

Think of one of the worst things that could happen to the construction sector at this moment in time What would it be?...

Article | Construction & Engineering | Post-Brexit
Posted: 9 Feb 2021



Press Release | Spencer West Teams With London Business Hub To Provide Brexit Immigration Advice To Businesses Across London

LONDON, 4 FEBRUARY 2021 – International law firm Spencer West has this week launched a partnership with London Business Hub...

News | Immigration
Posted: 4 Feb 2021



Fire and Rehire

In contrast to the government’s stated ambitions to “level up” much of the country through a new employment bill to...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19
Posted: 26 Jan 2021



Employers, employees and vaccinations: rights, responsibilities and GDPR compliance

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers caused a mini media storm last week when he floated a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for new...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19 | Data Protection
Posted: 20 Jan 2021



Sponsorship Forever – An update on the new Skilled Worker and Intra-Company Transfer routes

The new rules for Skilled Workers and Intra Company Transfer Workers have been in place since 1 December 2020. Join us as we...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 14 Jan 2021



Brexit - What are the Consequences

On 1st of January 2021, we entered the post-Brexit period and the consequences for business have started to be implemented or...

Article | Post-Brexit
Posted: 14 Jan 2021



Brexit and Private Client

Describing the relationship between EU countries as Byzantine is an understatement. Leaving the EU is no less complicated, as...

Article | Post-Brexit
Posted: 14 Jan 2021



Frontier workers: Qu’est ce que c’est?

Free Movement may have ended but there are lots of different UK immigration options for EU nationals. This blog post for HR...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 13 Jan 2021



Data Protection – Do you need a representative?

EU Representative The European General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) has a wide territorial scope. It doesn’t only...

Article | Post-Brexit | Data Protection
Posted: 12 Jan 2021



What happens to my employment rights when my company goes into administration?

The High Street Retail Chain Paperchase is on the verge of appointing administrators, so the papers say. Arcadia similarly...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 7 Jan 2021



Data Protection – where are we now?

The UK and EU finalized the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the Agreement) setting out the post-Brexit relationship on...

Article | Post-Brexit | Data Protection
Posted: 3 Jan 2021



Businesses to check EEA nationals’ right to work or risk a fall from grace

This article was written by Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams on 30 November 2020. Employers should have...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 30 Nov 2020



Sponsoring Skilled Workers and Intra-Company Workers

This article was written by Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams on 25 November 2020. This article focusses on...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 25 Nov 2020



The Residence Nil Rate Band – The Basics

“I am Death, not taxes. I turn up only once” – Terry Pratchett. It’s a fact of life that death and taxes are...

Article | Tax
Posted: 24 Nov 2020



Furlough and Notice Periods

Guidance on the furlough scheme has been updated to confirm that from December, employers will not be able to claim furlough...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19
Posted: 19 Nov 2020



The TUPE King’s Top Five Cases of 2020

Dr. John McMullen has been variously described as “the King of TUPE” and the “TUPE guru”. Indeed, he is the author of...

Webinar | Employment Law
Posted: 19 Nov 2020



Can a failure to secure prompt payment of an employee's bonus be a breach of the implied term of Trust and Confidence?

Lawyers often talk about the duty implied in the employment contract to maintain “trust and confidence”. It now even has an...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 16 Nov 2020



Redundancy - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Proudly hosted by Nicholsons Accountants and law firm Spencer West LLP, this webinar is presented by Laura Reilly – Head of...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 16 Nov 2020



Business trips to the UK from January 2021

 Francophiles will be interested in this video in which Samar Shams, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner, explains how...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit
Posted: 13 Nov 2020