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.



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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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 12 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
Posted: 11 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
Posted: 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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 5 Jun 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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 18 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
Posted: 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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 14 May 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. ...


Webinar | Construction, Engineering & Projects | COVID-19
Posted: 29 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
Posted: 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
Posted: 16 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
Posted: 7 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
Posted: 6 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
Posted: 3 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...


Video | Webinar | Real Estate
Posted: 2 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
Posted: 1 Apr 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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 31 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 & Global Mobility | COVID-19 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 16 Mar 2020



The implications of the Coronavirus for construction contracts

Video | Construction Law Update | Elizabeth Vago


Video | Employment Law | COVID-19
Posted: 12 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 & Projects | COVID-19
Posted: 9 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 & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 6 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
Posted: 1 Mar 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 & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 31 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
Posted: 30 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 lo...


Video | Immigration & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 28 Jan 2020



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 & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 16 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
Posted: 6 Dec 2019



The Loop

The Loop: Shortage Occupation List changes Welcome back to work, everybody. In this issue of The Loop. . .


Article | Immigration & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 10 Sep 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 & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 21 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 & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 8 Aug 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 & Projects
Posted: 11 Apr 2019



Securing EU nationals’ right to work

This article first appeared in the March issue of Employment Law Journal, published by Legalease Whatever course Brexit takes,...


Article | Immigration & Global Mobility | Post-Brexit
Posted: 14 Mar 2019



Changes to Employment Law, Rights and Enforcement

Following a BEIS commissioned study and report, "Good work: the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices" was published in...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 21 Jan 2019



Ask the Expert: Breakthrough Magazine

So, you’ve got a great idea for a new product or service within the construction or engineering sectors. But how do you...


Article | Construction, Engineering & Projects
Posted: 9 Jul 2018



The obligation to notify competing employment

Ever wondered what the point of some of the more esoteric terms in restrictive covenants are really for and, frankly, whether there is much point to t...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Jun 2018



The new FIDIC contracts – the contractor’s perspective

When it comes to infrastructure or international projects our clients often reach for the FIDIC suite, written and published by...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 8 May 2018



Working Time Rights of Employees

The workplace and how we work is constantly evolving, and never at such a pace as during the pandemic.  So it is helpful...


Article | Employment Law
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