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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Anne Mannix calls for legal rights around menopause in International Employment Lawyer

In an article for International Employment Lawyer, our Employment Partner Anne Mannix discusses whether we need to increase...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 15 Oct 2021



Startups features Emma Gross on the end of the furlough scheme

Our Employment Partner Emma Gross has been featured in Startups, the UK’s leading online resource for anyone starting and...

Press | Employment Law | Data Protection
Posted: 1 Oct 2021



Stylist Magazine features Amanda Lennon on workplace attire

Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in a Stylist Magazine article discussing professional work attire. The...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 23 Sep 2021



HR Grapevine features Amanda Lennon on sexist language

Our Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in leading HR title HR Grapevine, discussing sexist language in the...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 21 Sep 2021



What happens after the furlough scheme ends?

When does the furlough scheme end? The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), or furlough as it is better known, was extended...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 14 Sep 2021



Fashion brand Hush features Amanda Lennon in article on ‘digital nomads’

Amanda Lennon, one of Spencer West’s employment partners is quoted in an article by fashion and lifestyle brand Hush...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Sep 2021



HR Grapevine features Amanda Lennon on how HR teams can support staff worried about furlough ending

Amanda Lennon, one of Spencer West’s employment partners is featured in HR Grapevine, a leading website covering HR,...

Press | Employment Law
Posted: 7 Sep 2021



International Employment Lawyer features Emma Gross on supporting vulnerable staff members

Featured with an article in International Employment Lawyer, our Employment Partner Emma Gross discusses how to support and...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 20 Aug 2021



The easing of furlough within the fashion retail industry: Amanda Lennon quoted in Drapers

Our Employment Law Partner Amanda Lennon is quoted in leading fashion business publication Drapers on the impact of the end of...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 9 Aug 2021



Amanda Lennon gives her views on the landmark JWT sex discrimination case

Our Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in two publications, Campaign Live and Tech Register, with an article on...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 4 Aug 2021



Amanda Lennon raises concerns about implications of landmark sex discrimination case in International Employment Lawyer

Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in International Employment Lawyer with an op-ed piece on the landmark...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 2 Aug 2021



Employment partner Dr John McMullen assists Acas in its revision of its TUPE Guidance

ACAS is an independent public body that receives funding from the government and is a Crown non-departmental public body. Its...

News | Employment Law
Posted: 28 Jul 2021



Amanda Lennon outlines lessons on corporate culture from the Ikea privacy invasion case

In an opinion piece for leading industry publication International Employment Lawyer, Employment Partner Amanda Lennon...

News | Employment Law
Posted: 12 Jul 2021



Last-minute holiday requests explained by Jack Khurana for the Daily Mirror

Employment Partner Jack Khurana has been featured in the Daily Mirror, on the topic of whether employers should grant...

Article | Dispute Resolution | Employment Law
Posted: 12 Jul 2021



Senior Partner Simeon Spencer makes the case for lawyers working from anywhere

We're delighted that Senior Partner Simeon Spencer has been quoted in a Law Society Gazette feature, looking at the pandemic's...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 6 Jul 2021



Update from Amanda Lennon on SEISS grants in the Express

Featured in the Express, Employment Partner Amanda Lennon looks at updates to the government's SEISS scheme for the...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 5 Jul 2021



Lessons from Matt Hancock for employers - Amanda Lennon explains a key takeaway in HR Grapevine

Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in leading industry trade publication, HR Grapevine, discussing lessons for...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 5 Jul 2021



Companies need effective leadership around vision and values, writes Amanda Lennon in The Times

We're delighted that Employment Law Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured with a Comment piece in The Times, discussing the...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 28 Jun 2021



What do you do when your employees refuse to return to work?

As we process what the delay in lockdown lifting means for businesses, it is understandable that employees are feeling anxious about their return to work. There are many reasons that a worker may be hesitant to return to the workplace, and it is important for employers to manage each situation appropriately, and as a unique case. 


News | Employment Law
Posted: 15 Jun 2021



Flexible benefits are the way forward as economy opens up again, writes Amanda Lennon in Employee Benefits

Our Employment Law Partner Amanda Lennon has been quoted in Employee Benefits, the UK's premier publication for professionals...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 14 Jun 2021



One of our client’s outstanding success stories

CT4N is the operating arm for Nottingham Community Transport, a small bus company based in Sherwood, Nottingham. CT4N will...

News | Employment Law
Posted: 25 May 2021



Employment Law Partner Amanda Lennon has been quoted in key industry title Retail Gazette

Discussing the topic of how staff mental wellbeing in the UK retail sector can be prioritised now that restrictions are being...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 17 May 2021



Amanda Lennon quoted in the Daily Express - details of the fifth SEISS grant for the self-employed

Our Employment Law Partner Amanda Lennon has been quoted in the Daily Express in a piece explaining the details of the fifth...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 17 May 2021



In Conversation with Leeds University Business School

Our distinguished employment partner Dr John McMullen is a Visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School (LUBS) at the...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 17 May 2021



Anne Mannix quoted in the Financial Times in an article about whistleblowers who seek redress.

We are delighted that Employment Law Partner Anne Mannix has been quoted in the Financial Times in an article about...

Press | Employment Law | General
Posted: 11 May 2021



ISO 45003 – An appropriate new standard or a gross over-simplification

It may well be long overdue, but the global pandemic has certainly created, more now than ever before, an environment and a...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 11 May 2021



Can you still get the fourth SEISS grant if you filed your tax return late?

Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in the Daily Express, in an article discussing tax return filing and the...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 4 May 2021



Breach of working conditions can ground a claim for constructive dismissal under TUPE even if the breach concerned is not a breach of contract.

The Employment Appeal tribunal has held an employee can, when TUPE applies, claim constructive dismissal where a breach of...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 26 Apr 2021



Flexible working and pandemic-related changes in the workplace

Our founder Simeon Spencer features in the Law Society Gazette in an article by Katherine Freeland, which discusses how...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 21 Apr 2021



DR John McMullen published in prestigious International Journal

Dr John McMullen has been published in the March issue of the prestigious Industrial Law Journal. The purpose of his article is...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Apr 2021



Employment Law Current Rates and Limits 2021-22

The latest rates of certain statutory payments and upper and lower limits on employment tribunal awards


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Apr 2021



Workplace gender divide: how can employers help?

It’s been over 45 years since the Equal Pay Act and Sex Discrimination Act were introduced to address gender inequality, but...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 8 Apr 2021



TUPE and Multiple Transferees

What happens to me when I work across a number of my employers’ businesses, which are then transferred under new contracts to...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 18 Mar 2021



TUPE and changes in working conditions

An employee is TUPE’d. The new employer changes my terms. These are important to me. But, he says, these terms were not...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 18 Mar 2021



The Roadmap and Budget 2021: A summary for UK businesses

The Roadmap Following Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown, we know that non-essential retailers, hairdressers and close...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 9 Mar 2021



SEISS is being extended to cover the many thousands who’ve missed out on previous grants.

"It’s great news that the SEISS is being extended to cover the many thousands who’ve missed out on previous grants. I fear...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 4 Mar 2021



Our employment law partner Amanda Lennon has been extensively quoted in The Daily Express on possible announcements around the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) in this week's Budget.

Our employment law partner Amanda (Lennon) Ribao has been extensively quoted in The Daily Express on possible announcements...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Mar 2021



Employment Partner Fudia Smartt commenting in The Grocer - The impact on the gig economy including Uber Eats and Deliveroo drivers cannot be underestimated

The Supreme Court last week ruled that a small group of Uber drivers had the right to be classed as workers, and so were...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Mar 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



What happens to my employment rights when my company goes into administration?

The High Street Retail Chain Paperchase is on the verge of appointing administrators, so the papers say. Arcadia similarly...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 7 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



The TUPE King’s Top Five Cases of 2020

Dr. John McMullen has been variously described as “the King of TUPE” and the “TUPE guru”. Indeed, he is the author of...

Webinar | Employment Law
Posted: 19 Nov 2020



Can a failure to secure prompt payment of an employee's bonus be a breach of the implied term of Trust and Confidence?

Lawyers often talk about the duty implied in the employment contract to maintain “trust and confidence”. It now even has an...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 16 Nov 2020



Redundancy - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Proudly hosted by Nicholsons Accountants and law firm Spencer West LLP, this webinar is presented by Laura Reilly – Head of...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 16 Nov 2020



TUPE and Restrictive Covenants

In the interesting High Court case of P14 Medical Ltd v Mahon [2020] EWHC 1823 the question was whether a new, transferee,...

Article | Employment Law
Posted: 9 Nov 2020



Brexit: The UK Government’s consultation on extending the right to depart from Retained EU law beyond the Supreme Court

From 1 January 2021, the meaning of EU-derived law will be determined in the UK courts by reference to CJEU case law as it...

Article | Employment Law | Post-Brexit
Posted: 6 Nov 2020



Negotiating TUPE Clauses in Outsourcing Contracts

Introduction Have you been awarded a contract to supply services? Or are you about to lose a contract on a re-tender? Then TUPE...

Webinar | Employment Law
Posted: 5 Nov 2020



Misconduct Dismissals - The Key Issues for HR & Employment Law Professionals

Introduction This webinar will answer several key questions when it comes to misconduct dismissals including: Are your...

Webinar | Employment Law
Posted: 5 Nov 2020



Employment Law: 5 tips for November 2020

Writing this as we go into another lockdown, we begin our report for this month with: 1. Covid-19 related Employment...

Article | Employment Law | Immigration & Global Mobility
Posted: 5 Nov 2020