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.






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
Posted: 27 Apr 2021



Fire and Rehire

In contrast to the government’s stated ambitions to “level up” much of the country through a new employment bill to...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19
Posted: 26 Jan 2021



Employers, employees and vaccinations: rights, responsibilities and GDPR compliance

Charlie Mullins of Pimlico Plumbers caused a mini media storm last week when he floated a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for new...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19 | Data Protection
Posted: 20 Jan 2021



Furlough and Notice Periods

Guidance on the furlough scheme has been updated to confirm that from December, employers will not be able to claim furlough...

Article | Employment Law | COVID-19
Posted: 19 Nov 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
Posted: 17 Sep 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
Posted: 12 Aug 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
Posted: 29 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
Posted: 17 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
Posted: 13 Jul 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
Posted: 26 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 | Post-Brexit
Posted: 23 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
Posted: 19 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
Posted: 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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



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 | 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 | 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 | COVID-19
Posted: 9 Mar 2020