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13 Aug
2020
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...


Webinar | Immigration | COVID-19


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


27 Jul
2020
Employment law Tips for July 2020

This month we include some Coronavirus issues, but also a useful case in interpreting TUPE. 1. 88% of employees would be...

Article | Employment Law


27 Jul
2020
Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa and exceptional entry options

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

Article | Immigration | Private Client


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

Part Two   Introduction As part of this series, last week we looked at what we mean by “insolvency” as defined by the...

Article | Insolvency & Restructuring | COVID-19


14 Jul
2020
Details published on the UK’s future immigration system

‘The UK’s future immigration system’ is not a new immigration system. Rather, the government proposes further changes to...

Article | Immigration


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

Part One   Introduction The following statement appeared in Construction News (2 June 2020): “a total of 35...

Article | Insolvency & Restructuring | COVID-19


26 Jun
2020
The Court awaits trial of cover in respect of the Coronavirus

To date, a number of blogs have touched upon the Coronavirus and its effect on contested cover. There is no doubt that the...

Article | Insurance | COVID-19


23 Jun
2020
Remote control: Checking right to work documents for employees working from home

The Spencer West immigration team has been fielding a lot of queries about checking right to work documents whilst employees...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


19 Jun
2020
Concerning the interpretation of the Coronavirus on policy wordings

The Coronavirus was confirmed as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11 March 2020. As of 16 June 2020, deaths in...

Article | Insurance | COVID-19


12 Jun
2020
Let's get a reinsurer in....

I reported last week on the sensible initiative spearheaded by the FCA and lawyers for insurers aimed at sample trials of...

Article | Insurance | COVID-19


12 Jun
2020
Back to the Future of Work

A stellar panel of experts guided us through the trickiest return to work issues, including discrimination and staff refusals....

Article | Employment Law | Immigration | COVID-19


11 Jun
2020
Is the expedient of competitive interviewing a fair method of selection for redundancy? - the decision in Gwynedd Council v Barrett

I longed for a way to write anything in the current situation without mentioning a certain horrible virus, but….. Business as...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


10 Jun
2020
A message of support from the Senior Partner and Managing Partner of Spencer West LLP

Colleagues and friends The killing of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of police a few weeks ago has been one of the most...

Article


5 Jun
2020
Latest legal developments and business interruption policies

It is 7 a.m. and the radio alarm has spluttered into action. “Coronavirus” is the first word to be heard although much of...

Article | Insurance | COVID-19


5 Jun
2020
Sense and screenability: an analysis of the UK’s quarantine plan

In this article, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams summarises the UK’s quarantine plan. She considers the...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


18 May
2020
UK recovery depends on skilled migrants

If you think that increased unemployment in the UK means that there is less need for work visas for overseas nationals, think...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


14 May
2020
Return to Work : Refusal and Discrimination

So, the PM has announced an ‘easing’ of the lockdown. Suffice to say that the measures have hardly been met with universal...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


14 May
2020
Immigration issues arising in the context of the return to work

Immigration status is not a protected characteristic, but employers of overseas nationals must navigate part-time work, right...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


29 Apr
2020
After COVID-19: As a Contractor - are you prepared?

Our online panel discussion considered the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the construction industry in the UK. ...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


16 Apr
2020
IR35 rules to be applied as of next year

In the UK Parliament on 17 March 2020, a deferral of the changes to IR35 has been announced (the off-payroll working law) in...

Article | Tax | COVID-19


16 Apr
2020
Announcement of tax measures by the UK authorities for the support of businesses and individuals

The UK government has announced financial support measures, including tax measures, to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 to the...

Article | Tax | COVID-19


8 Apr
2020
Senior Managers & Certification Regime ("SMCR"): Financial Crime and CASS

Introduction The SMCR is now the fertile ground from which CASS and Financial Crime should be considered. As the FCA themselves...

Article | Financial Services | COVID-19


7 Apr
2020
Watch our Webinar: COVID-19, immigration and employment - government policies and HR best practice

Listen to immigration expert Samar Shams and employment law expert Fudia Smartt on their engaging, interactive webinar on the...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


6 Apr
2020
COVID-19 Job Retention (“Furlough”) Scheme - Questions Answered Based on HMRC Guidance

1. Who can claim the furlough rebate? Any entity which has created and started PAYE payroll on, or before, 28 February 2020,...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


3 Apr
2020
Furlough Leave - update and what we now know that we didn’t a few days ago

  *We intend to keep this page up to date with the latest developments on Furlough leave, please bookmark it and check...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


2 Apr
2020
Dealing with Restrictive Covenants

1. Introduction A land owner who transfers some land, either by disposing of the freehold or by granting a lease, can by...

Webinar | Real Estate


1 Apr
2020
COVID-19 and tax residence

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, many countries advise against non-essential travel in and out of their international...

Article | Tax | COVID-19


31 Mar
2020
The UK's Future Immigration System

With only months to go before the UK’s future immigration system takes effect on 1 January 2021, you should understand the...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


27 Mar
2020
Covid 19 and Force Majeure

All our lives have been radically changed by Covid 19 and none of us were expecting it apart from a few ‘planners’ formerly...

Article | COVID-19


24 Mar
2020
The impact of the Coronavirus on insurance

The potential impact of the Coronavirus on insurance cover has already been aired in the press a multitude of times in respect...

Article | COVID-19


23 Mar
2020
Furlough – what does it mean and how does it work?

The Chancellor announced a package of measures to help businesses, which, among other things includes the “Coronavirus Job...

Article | COVID-19


18 Mar
2020
Employment Law Coronavirus update

Many employers at the moment are balancing keeping a workforce going through measures such as home working, even if...

Article | COVID-19


16 Mar
2020
Coronavirus and UK immigration

There is relatively little information available to date on the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic for visa holders and...

Article | Immigration | COVID-19


12 Mar
2020
The implications of the Coronavirus for construction contracts

Video | Construction Law Update | Elizabeth Vago


Article | Employment Law | COVID-19


9 Mar
2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its implications for construction contracts

On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak...

Article | Construction & Engineering | COVID-19


6 Mar
2020
How the UK’s immigration system will change when free movement ends

Samar Shams considers the government’s plans for a points-based immigration system once the UK fully withdraws from the EU....

Article | Immigration


1 Mar
2020
Employment Law: 5 fab facts for early March 2020

Having had a wet and miserable February, some of the following may brighten your day. Or just more of the same. We hope to be...

Article | Employment Law


19 Feb
2020
Spencer West LLP announces exciting expansion plans for 2020

City of London law firm Spencer West LLP has expanded over the last 15 months from being a boutique 3 partner firm to now...

Article


31 Jan
2020
Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) publishes recommendations on a points-based visa route and salary thresholds for sponsored workers

This article first appeared as a Thomson Reuters Practical Law Legal Update on 30 January 2020. The Migration Advisory...

Article | Immigration


30 Jan
2020
5 employment law tips for January 2020

We start the new year with some interesting employment law issues arising at the end of 2019, and some new things to get on...

Article | Employment Law


28 Jan
2020
Immigration update: The Migration Advisory Committee Report

Take a look at Immigration Partner, Samar Shams's summary of the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendations for a points-based visa route and a lower salary threshold for sponsored workers.


Article | Video | Immigration


16 Dec
2019
What the Conservative win means for business immigration

With the win of a majority in Parliament on 12 December 2019, the Conservative party has also won the prize...


Article | Immigration


6 Dec
2019
Employment Case Round-up for 2019

Every year the employment tribunals and courts bring us an array of interesting (some worrying!) decisions and 2019...


Article | Employment Law


11 Nov
2019
Important UK investments and Tax Reliefs in a Nutshell

Following BEPS, tax planning has shifted mainly onshore than offshore nowadays. UK internal tax and incentives legislation...

Article | Financial Services


10 Sep
2019
The Loop

The Loop: Shortage Occupation List changes

Welcome back to work, everybody. In this issue of The Loop. . .


Article | Immigration


21 Aug
2019
The Business Guide to a No-Deal Brexit

With the government pushing for Brexit on 31 October 2019 and the possibility of a deal drifting ever further out of reach, our...

Article | Immigration


8 Aug
2019
The Loop

The Loop: Your Sponsorship Management Digest

Spencer West LLP is delighted to introduce The Loop, our digest reporting on all things . . .


Article | Immigration


11 Apr
2019
Practical Completion:

The shape of an elephant? For the first time in 50 years, the Court of Appeal has been asked to consider the meaning of...

Article | Construction & Engineering



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