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.



Working together to protect hedgehogs

When Data Protection, Privacy and Cybersecurity Partner Kristy Gouldsmith first came to live in the UK, she was entranced by...

News | ESG | General
Posted: 21 Mar 2023

HR Zone features Samar Shams article on changes to the Employer's guide to right to work checks

Changes to the ‘Employer’s guide to right to work checks’ published on 28 February 2023 affect right to work checks using...

Press | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 17 Mar 2023

Using a demerger to strengthen your business in difficult times

In challenging times, a demerger can be a useful way to help businesses survive, maximize value and be in good shape to...

News | Corporate
Posted: 16 Mar 2023

Fudia Smartt comments on insurance risks of work from anywhere in People Management

With the increase in hybrid working since the pandemic, many businesses are now offering a work from anywhere (WFA) approach....

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 15 Mar 2023

Corporate team members act for Albert Fry Associates Ltd in management buyout

John McMahon and Lauren McGarry acting for the management team in its successful Management Buy Out of Albert Fry Associates Ltd

News | Corporate
Posted: 14 Mar 2023

Webinar - UK Visit Visa rules for business 2023

Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams hosted an informative webinar explaining all that companies and individuals...

Webinar | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 10 Mar 2023

Press Release | Spencer West enters Channel Islands market with two-partner team as expansion continues

Leading alternative law firm Spencer West has announced its entry into the Channel Islands market and two other locations as...

Press | General
Posted: 28 Feb 2023

Press Release | Spencer West opens new Northern Ireland operation alongside McMahon McKay

Leading alternative law firm Spencer West announces the continued expansion of its business by way of a collaborative...

Press | General
Posted: 23 Feb 2023

UK Competition Law – Exemption Possibilities for Commercial Agreements

Richard Eccles reviews the relevant block exemptions under UK competition law   Competition law permeates all areas of...

News | Competition & Trade
Posted: 10 Feb 2023

Overhaul of UK data protection rules hugely disruptive to businesses, writes Jowanna Conboye in The Times

IP, Tech and Commercial Partner Jowanna Conboye has a comment piece in The Times, discussing Government plans to overhaul ...

Press | Commercial | Intellectual Property | Technology
Posted: 9 Feb 2023

Is the DVLA's Disclosure of Vehicle Keeper Details Legal?

If you’ve ever received a fine from a private parking company, you may have wondered whether it is legal for the DVLA to have...

Article | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 8 Feb 2023

Fudia Smartt quoted in People Management on the impact of NHS SSP rule changes on workers with long Covid.

The NHS changed the rules of their special sick pay (SSP) during the pandemic which allowed workers with long Covid to continue...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 6 Feb 2023

Russian Sanctions not a blot on an English scheme

Robert Foote discusses a creditor scheme of arrangement case - CFLD (Cayman) Investment Ltd [2023] 1 WLUK 233   The...

News | Dispute Resolution | Insolvency & Restructuring | Commercial
Posted: 2 Feb 2023

UK's New Subsidy Control Law: Key Features You Need to Know

Richard Eccles highlights the key features of the Subsidy Control Act 2022   Public authorities and businesses in the UK...

News | Competition & Trade
Posted: 1 Feb 2023

Email Marketing Consent: Protecting Your Customers and Your Business

Email marketing is an important tool for businesses to reach out to customers with targeted messages and offers. However, as...

News | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 30 Jan 2023

Spencer West advises on ‘internationally significant’ £1bn funding deal to drive net zero future for Bristol

Energy sector expert Sonya Bedford said the deal, which saw the city’s council launch a 20-year partnership with US energy firm Amaresco and Swe...

News | Energy & Natural Resources | Corporate
Posted: 17 Jan 2023

Emma Gross writes about retaining staff during the cost-of-living crisis in HR News

With the cost of living crisis impacting all our lives, businesses are finding many employees are searching for better pay and...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 17 Jan 2023

Early termination of Skilled Workers

What happens when a Skilled Worker is made redundant?  In her latest video, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar...

News | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 16 Jan 2023

Joanne Cummings featured in Law Society article about the UK Commercial Property Market

The cost of living crisis, combined with new government regulations, it is no wonder that the Royal Institute of Chartered...

Press | Real Estate
Posted: 12 Jan 2023

CASE STUDY: Syed Mustafa Mahdi of Spencer West Pakistan successfully acts for Appellant against GSA of leading Middle East Airline

Commercial & International Dispute Resolution Partner Syed Mustafa Mahdi acted for the Appellant in a decision to set aside...

News | Dispute Resolution | International | Commercial
Posted: 11 Jan 2023

Paul Puxon supports Technology Minerals PLC to secure £4m bond facility for re-using battery technologies

Business and Corporate Lawyer Paul Puxon lead the Spencer West team supporting Technology Minerals PLC in securing a £4m bond...

Press | Corporate
Posted: 10 Jan 2023

Emma Gross writes about bossware in the HR Director magazine

With the increase in remote working, employers have been looking at ways to monitor employee performance and...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 6 Jan 2023

Dhana Doobay looks back at the year in tech

Following another year of bumper tech innovation and investment,  here are some of the positives and the negatives our TMT...

News | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 3 Jan 2023

Amanda Lennon discusses strikes across the UK with WION News

WION News invited Spencer West Employment Law Partner and HR Director Amanda Lennon to discuss the impact of strike action...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 20 Dec 2022

The European Digital Markets Act 2022 enters into force

The Digital Markets Act ("DMA") entered into force on 1 November 2022 and will start applying on 2 May 2023. The DMA...

News | Commercial | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 14 Dec 2022

Law Society Gazette features Hilesh Chavda's book review of 'Inheritance Act Claims'

The December 2022 edition of the Law Society's Gazette features a book review by Private Client Lawyer Hilesh...

Posted: 8 Dec 2022

DEAL ALERT: Christian Wilson supports Bennett Oakley Solicitors transition to employee ownership

Specialist Employee Ownership Trust lawyer Christian Wilson advised Sussex based law firm Bennett Oakley with their move to...

Press | Corporate
Posted: 7 Dec 2022

Dhana Doobay contributes to Verdict's discussion on privacy in the metaverse

With focus more on the experience and future scope of the metaverse, experts have been left wondering when the spotlight will...

Press | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 6 Dec 2022

The UK’s new space regulation is a silent success story which will fuel the UK’s drive to participate in the commercial space race says Spencer West Partner Andrew Sparrow

As Virgin Orbit prepares to fly LauncherOne out of Newquay's Spaceport Cornwall facility, Spencer West's commercial space lawyer Andrew Sparrow discus...

News | Technology & Telecoms | Commercial | Technology | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 28 Nov 2022

People Management Magazine features Fudia Smartt on redundancy matters

With the news of several big name companies announcing redundancies, many businesses are having to consider reducing their...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 15 Nov 2022

Press Release | Judicial role for partner at UK’s fastest growing fee sharing law firm

A Yorkshire-based corporate partner with law firm Spencer West has expressed his gratitude at the firm’s flexible approach as...

News | Corporate & Commercial | Technology | General
Posted: 9 Nov 2022

The Holidays Are Coming

If the retailers are to be believed it is never too early to prepare for Christmas. Well, that’s certainly true if you have...

Article | Family Law
Posted: 19 Oct 2022

Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) - disputes when long term contracts end

I entered the legal world some 20 odd years ago (more than I care to remember…) as a newly qualified solicitor whose day to...

Article | Construction, Engineering & Projects
Posted: 17 Oct 2022

A Listening Ear

Clare Waller, Commercial and Corporate Partner, has been instrumental in Spencer West being the first ever law firm to join the...

News | ESG | General
Posted: 11 Oct 2022

Samar Shams featured in Employment Law Journal on right-to-work checks and balances

Covid-19 meant adjusted processes for right-to-work checks and these are now coming to an end.  Checking digital copies of...

Press | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 10 Oct 2022

Fudia Smartt discusses regulations for tackling toxic work cultures in the HR Director magazine.

Focusing on highly regulated firms such as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA),...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 7 Oct 2022

CLIENT CASE STUDY: Asia Robotics Start-up

The Client   The client is a tech start up, specialised in designing, producing and distributing of autonomous robots for...

Article | Technology | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 6 Oct 2022

Tech Tips | Privacy and Data Protection

Why Should I Care?   For start-ups, there are three key reasons why data protection is a going concern: Legal Obligation:...

Article | Technology | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 5 Oct 2022

Fudia Smartt comments on workplace bullying in the Financial Times

Should employers be doing more to stamp out bullying in the workplace? The Financial Times looks into the issues and dynamics...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 4 Oct 2022

Demergers - breaking up can be (relatively) easy

During times of business upheaval and disruption it is useful to revisit initiatives that could help with business continuity,...

Article | Corporate
Posted: 30 Sep 2022

TMT News | Digital Comms Regulation

The Future of Digital Comms Regulation - should Algorithmic Processing, Cloud and Personal Comms AV be regulated?

News | Technology | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 28 Sep 2022

Jowanna Conboye comments on Instagram's 405 million Euro GDPR fine in Compliance Week

A recent article in Compliance Week reported on how the Irish Data Protection Commission (Irish DPC) received criticism about...

Press | Intellectual Property | Information Technology
Posted: 23 Sep 2022

Spencer West Employment Partner Justin Murray asks - Are work event policies becoming too “woke” or are employers just being asked to “be considerate”?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, employees became accustomed to working from home, and that has continued for many either fully...

News | Press | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Sep 2022

Health and Care Visas - It's all in the process

In her article in Care Home Management Magazine, Immigration and Global Mobility Partner Samar Shams discusses how the Health...

Press | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 5 Sep 2022

The Scale-Up Visa

What makes the Scale-Up visa a better choice over the Skilled Worker Route? In this helpful video, Immigration and Global...

Video | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 1 Sep 2022

Spencer West Bermuda Team feature on Bermuda Economic Development Corporation's podcast

Having recently announced the official launch of our Bermuda offices, Spencer West Partners Orchid Lee and Heidi Daniels-Roque...

Press | Corporate & Commercial | General
Posted: 23 Aug 2022

STOP PRESS: The new Register of Overseas Entities owning UK land is live

The Register of Overseas Entities owning UK land (ROE) went live on 1 August and action is required. Here are some key points...

News | Real Estate | Commercial Real Estate and Property
Posted: 18 Aug 2022

The High Potential Individual visa

The High Potential Individual visa (HPI) has been available for a couple of months now. We thought it worth sharing some tips...

Video | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 11 Aug 2022

Back to Nature

The work-anywhere culture of Spencer West has given education specialist partner Tanya Thomas the opportunity to live in one of...

News | ESG | General
Posted: 10 Aug 2022

Press Release | Spencer West takes up roots in Bermuda

The London based international law firm, Spencer West LLP, has continued its global growth through the launch of affiliate...

News | General
Posted: 10 Aug 2022