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.






20 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


19 Jan
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


14 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...

Webinar | Immigration | Post-Brexit


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


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 | Private Client | Post-Brexit


13 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


12 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


7 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


5 Jan
2021
Workplace testing for COVID-19 – complying with data protection law

COVID-19 has been described as the world’s biggest health crisis in modern times. It is recognized that quality testing...

Article | COVID-19


3 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


30 Nov
2020
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


25 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


24 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 | Tax Advice & Compliance | UK Tax Planning for International Clients


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


16 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


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


13 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


12 Nov
2020
Child Arrangements for Christmas and the New Year

With everything that we have had to endure this year, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us, but it will be...

Article | Family Law | Private Wealth Family Law


9 Nov
2020
TUPE and Restrictive Covenants

In the interesting High Court case of P14 Medical Ltd v Mahon [2020] EWHC 1823 the question was whether a new, transferee,...

Article | Employment Law


6 Nov
2020
Brexit: The UK Government’s consultation on extending the right to depart from Retained EU law beyond the Supreme Court

From 1 January 2021, the meaning of EU-derived law will be determined in the UK courts by reference to CJEU case law as it...

Article | Employment Law | Post-Brexit


5 Nov
2020
Negotiating TUPE Clauses in Outsourcing Contracts

Introduction Have you been awarded a contract to supply services? Or are you about to lose a contract on a re-tender? Then TUPE...

Webinar | Employment Law


5 Nov
2020
Misconduct Dismissals - The Key Issues for HR & Employment Law Professionals

Introduction This webinar will answer several key questions when it comes to misconduct dismissals including: Are your...

Webinar | Employment Law


5 Nov
2020
Employment Law: 5 tips for November 2020

Writing this as we go into another lockdown, we begin our report for this month with: 1. Covid-19 related Employment...

Article | Employment Law | Immigration


5 Nov
2020
HKA & Spencer West Joint Webinar | Understanding construction insolvency in the wake of covid-19

HKA and Spencer West LLP invite you to join this free webinar focusing on insolvency in the construction industry supply chain....

Article | Construction & Engineering


23 Oct
2020
The future has arrived: post-Brexit immigration rules published

This article was written by Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams with support from Associate Partner Talitha...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit


22 Oct
2020
The future has arrived: new immigration rules published

On 22 October 2020 the Home Office published the last pieces of the puzzle, the rules for sponsored worker visas replacing...

Webinar | Immigration


20 Oct
2020
What businesses need to do to prepare for the end of the post-Brexit transition period and the future immigration system

You may be concerned about your European staff or bewildered about planning for recruitment in line with the changes to...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit


15 Oct
2020
Employment law – 5 tips for October Redundancy focus

This month we are focusing on some redundancy issues that have come up with particular reference to furlough but also to throw...

Article | Employment Law | Post-Brexit


5 Oct
2020
Brexit EUIPO Update

EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) becomes an office of second filing for WIPO Digital Access Service for...

Article | Post-Brexit


5 Oct
2020
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa and exceptional entry options

A special UK visa for those with British National Overseas (BN(O)) status in Hong Kong will be available from January 2021. The...

Article | Immigration | Private Client | Post-Brexit


2 Oct
2020
The Job Support Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the Job Support Scheme (JSS) on 24 September 2020 as part of the Winter Economy Plan. The six...

Article | Employment Law


30 Sep
2020
Future sponsorship advantages for shortage roles in the UK

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has published its recommendations on what jobs should be included on the Shortage...

Article | Immigration


29 Sep
2020
Delay claims in all their glory: A guide to dealing with delay in construction projects

Delay is a common feature of all construction projects globally. But how should a contractor successful navigate its way where...

Webinar | Construction & Engineering


29 Sep
2020
EEA family permits vs EU family permits

What is the difference between an EEA family permit and an EU family permit? Immigration and Global Mobility team members Samar...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


29 Sep
2020
Sponsored workers' roles in the future immigration system

What roles will be eligible for sponsorship in future? Car mechanics, electricians, plumbers and more! Immigration and Global...

Article | Immigration


17 Sep
2020
Insolvency within the supply chain in the construction industry and what to do about it - Part Five

Part Five   Introduction This week we look at what steps the Employer may take once a Contractor becomes insolvent. It...

Article | Insolvency & Restructuring | COVID-19


17 Sep
2020
Hong Kong – UK bridge: planning for coming to the UK webinar

Please join us for our ‘Hong Kong – UK bridge: planning for coming to the UK’ webinar. With the backdrop of political...

Webinar | Immigration | Real Estate | Private Client


17 Sep
2020
EU Settlement Scheme - Deadlines and Right to Work

When should you register for the EU Settlement Scheme? Now! In this video, our Immigration and Global Mobility team members...

Video | Immigration


17 Sep
2020
EU Settlement Scheme - Absences

In this video, Samar Shams and Talitha Degwa summarise residence requirements for Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme...

Video | Immigration


14 Sep
2020
The new Student route which replaces the current Tier 4 route

The government have announced that the current Tier 4 route will be replaced with the new Student and Child Student categories,...

Article | Immigration | Post-Brexit


10 Sep
2020
Update - Home Office covid concession in relation to exceptional assurance.

Talitha's latest video takes a look at visa holders who intend to leave the UK but have not been able to do so and have a visa...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


4 Sep
2020
Updated Home Office Covid Concession

Take a look at our latest video from Talitha Degwa, Associate Partner - Immigration talking about the updated Home Office Covid...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


2 Sep
2020
The latest update on the Identity Verification App

Take a look at the latest update on the Identity Verification (IDV) App which the Home Office introduced to allow eligible...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


30 Aug
2020
Representative of Overseas Business

This video is for those interested in the Representative of Overseas Business visa. It covers the June 2020 changes to this...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


29 Aug
2020
The Innovator visa

The Innovator visa, for entrepreneurs wishing to set up and run a business in the UK, requires endorsement of a business plan,...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


28 Aug
2020
Global Talent

The Global Talent visa is more attractive than ever. Watch this short video for an overview with a focus on digital tech. Get...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


27 Aug
2020
Sponsoring skilled workers

The Government’s planned changes to sponsorship and the Tier 2 General visa, in particular, are summarised here by Samar...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


17 Aug
2020
Immigration updates

Had enough of trying to keep up to date with the fast-paced changes in the world of UK immigration? We highlight below the main...

Video | Immigration | Post-Brexit


12 Aug
2020
Insolvency within the supply chain in the construction industry and what to do about it - Part Four

Part Four   Introduction This week in our series on insolvency within the supply chain in the construction industry, we...

Article | Insolvency & Restructuring | COVID-19


29 Jul
2020
Insolvency within the supply chain in the construction industry and what to do about it - Part Three

Part Three   Introduction This week we take a look at what practical and legal steps an Employer or Contractor can take to...

Article | Insolvency & Restructuring | COVID-19