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.



The Enforcement of Foreign Judgements and Arbitration Awards in the British Virgin Islands

Recognition and Enforcement Recognition is the court’s willingness to treat the claim as having been determined in favour of...

News | Dispute Resolution
Posted: 29 Sep 2023

Leveraging BVI Companies for a Greener Future: Green Financing Structures

In a world increasingly conscious of environmental sustainability, the use of BVI companies in green financing structures has...

News | Banking & Finance | Commercial | Corporate
Posted: 29 Sep 2023

Press Release | Spencer West Hires Axiom Ince’s Head of Employment

Leading full-service international law firm, Spencer West, is pleased to announce the appointment of Partner Sharokh Koussari to its employment team.

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 29 Aug 2023

Retired RICS Surveyor Triumphs Against John Lewis PLC in Guarantee Lawsuit

A Retired FCIOB Chartered Construction Manager & Chartered Environmentalist, has successfully sued John Lewis PLC for its...

Press | General
Posted: 9 Aug 2023

Press Release | Spencer West LLP advises on sale of Artic Building Services Ltd

Corporate Partner Simon Wilson has led a team of Spencer West lawyers advising Artic Building Services Ltd during its sale to...

News | Press | Corporate
Posted: 7 Aug 2023

Henry Clarke writes about the benefits of taking an entrepreneurial approach to law in Law Society Gazette

With a varied career in law, starting out at a ‘Magic Circle’ firm, holding legal staff roles within the British Army and...

Press | Construction, Engineering & Projects | Commercial | Corporate
Posted: 3 Aug 2023

Changes to the BVI Civil Procedure Rules with Effect From 31 July 2023

This is just a reminder that various changes have been made to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Civil Procedure Rules, that...

Article | Corporate & Commercial | Dispute Resolution | Insolvency & Restructuring
Posted: 31 Jul 2023

Kristy Gouldsmith comments on viability of EU-US data transfer framework in Compliance Week

With the European Commission giving the green light for the new EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework (DPF), allowing safe transfer...

Press | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 26 Jul 2023

Good News for Shared Ownership Lessees

Earlier this summer Mark Loveday of Tanfield Chambers was successful in the Court of Appeal on a key point which could affect...

Posted: 25 Jul 2023

The Everything Summary of Shareholder Disputes – Something to Keep Up Your Sleeve?

I have been advising companies and shareholders in relation to shareholder disputes for over twenty years, and in that time, I...

Article | Commercial | Corporate
Posted: 20 Jul 2023

How to address the Immigration Stealth Surcharge?

The Prime Minister's announcement last week of significant increases in both immigration application fees and the Immigration...

News | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 19 Jul 2023

Time to say goodbye – Stuart Evans sets out the 7 steps you need to take before terminating a contract

Problems with your contractor? Your business is facing a problem with a business contractor. They could be a customer,...

News | Commercial
Posted: 11 Jul 2023

How to obtain documents and information about companies based in the British Virgin Isles (BVI)


News | Corporate & Commercial | Dispute Resolution
Posted: 4 Jul 2023

Sangeeta Rabadia comments on Succession Planning for Families With Businesses

Estate planning is a difficult subject for many families, often laden with emotional challenges and issues of communication....

News | Private Client & Estate Planning
Posted: 3 Jul 2023

Enterprise Nation features Kristy Gouldsmith on the new UK/US data bridge

Whilst visiting Washington D.C. recently, the British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the 'Atlantic Declaration', a...

Press | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 19 Jun 2023

AI Governance comes a step closer

It has been a good week for a move towards the safe use of AI. We have seen the UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, give impetus to...

News | Technology, Media, Telecoms
Posted: 15 Jun 2023

Carers Week - the legal definition of a carer and updated legislation

As many of you know, this week is Carers Week 2023, an annual campaign that aims to highlight the challenges faced by carers...

News | Employment Law
Posted: 12 Jun 2023

Amanda Lennon comments on workplace wellbeing in HR Management magazine

With more businesses trying to ensure they provide a great wellbeing culture for both current and potential employees, an...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 31 May 2023

The published Renters’ (Reform) Bill - what’s the deal?

It was an interesting week as the long-awaited “once-in-a-generation overhaul of housing laws” was published by the...

News | Dispute Resolution | Real Estate | Commercial Real Estate and Property
Posted: 30 May 2023

People Management features Fudia Smartt comments on banning alcohol at work events

HR experts and employment lawyers contributed their thoughts to a People Magazine article about the recent warning from the...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 22 May 2023

Amanda Lennon comments on handling difficult employee behaviour in Business Leader

Handling difficult behaviour from employees calls for a compassionate and skilled approach from managers and leaders.  Our...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 19 May 2023

Changes to sponsor guidance

Sponsorship guidance was updated in April 2023. Many of the changes implement new Immigration Rules introduced the same month....

News | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 9 May 2023

Fudia Smartt featured in Business Insider report on CBI collapse

With a series of serious misconduct accusations coming to light at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), and further...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 4 May 2023

Simon Wilson shares the pitfalls to avoid when selling a business

Having worked hard to build your successful business over a number of years, it’s important that you approach an exit or sale of your business i...

News | Corporate & Commercial | Corporate
Posted: 26 Apr 2023

Guide to data protection when providing information to the police

If the police ask you for information about a person, it is normal to think that you must disclose all the information you may...

News | Data Protection & Cybersecurity
Posted: 17 Apr 2023

Directors Duties and Insolvency in the Construction Industry

This is the second article in a series of articles looking at insolvency in the construction industry. This article focuses on directors’ duties...

News | Construction, Engineering & Projects | Immigration & Global Mobility | Insolvency & Restructuring
Posted: 11 Apr 2023

New Immigration Rules on pre-travel authorisation for visitors, higher salary requirements and more

Pre-travel authorisation for visitors What is it? An ‘Electronic Travel Authorisation’ (ETA) is an authorisation to travel...

News | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 5 Apr 2023

Press Release | Spencer West LLP supports property investor in purchase of derelict cinema, helping provide new homes for Bassetlaw District residents

Spencer West Commercial and Real Estate Partner Keira Rawden completed the purchase of a former Worksop cinema and theatre on...

Press | Real Estate | Commercial Real Estate and Property
Posted: 4 Apr 2023

Press Release | Spencer West Partner Paul Puxon completes £2.5 million fundraise for Technology Minerals Plc

Spencer West Partner, IP, technology and corporate law specialist Paul Puxon advised Technology Minerals PLC (LSE:TM1) on its...

Press | Corporate | Intellectual Property | Technology
Posted: 3 Apr 2023

Rukhsana Alam writes about supporting employees through Ramadan in People Management

With Ramadan currently being observed throughout the world, fasting through daylight hours can present challenges for employees...

Press | Employment Law | Commercial
Posted: 29 Mar 2023

Suzanne Brooker turns her attention to the Construction sector to outline the current challenges and some tips

This is the first in a series of articles focussed on this competitive and challenging sector.   In 2021 2,579 construction sector firms be...

News | Construction, Engineering & Projects | Immigration & Global Mobility | Insolvency & Restructuring
Posted: 29 Mar 2023

Fudia Smartt writes about the Gary Lineker BBC Twitter storm in the HR Director

When TV presenter Gary Lineker recently expressed his opinion about the government's latest immigration policy on Twitter there...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 28 Mar 2023

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 | Technology, Media, Telecoms
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 | Technology, Media, Telecoms
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