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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Fudia Smartt comments on LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination

Even with improvements towards acceptance of the LGTBQ+ community, there are still continued reports of workplace...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 29 Jun 2022



Emma Gross comments on the recording of employment tribunals in The Financial Times

Employment tribunals don't currently allow for means of recording or transcription, relying instead on note-taking by the...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 14 Jun 2022



Monkeypox – Judith Rhule outlines issues for employers

As cases of monkeypox increase in the UK and around the world, how should employers react? Our employment partner Judith Rhule...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 27 May 2022



Amanda Lennon discusses how to negotiate a pay rise with Mirror

National newspaper The Mirror explores how employees should approach asking for a pay rise. The article includes contributions...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 20 May 2022



Anne Mannix comments on supporting employees with rising inflation

Inflation is at the highest level in 40 years and the cost of living crisis is starting to bite for many households. Leading HR...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 19 May 2022



Amanda Lennon discusses Goldman Sachs unlimited holiday policy with GB News

Investment bank Goldman Sachs has said its senior staff will be allowed to take as much holiday as they want, in a new...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 18 May 2022



Redeploying older workers - legal issues to consider

Many older workers are remaining in the workplace for longer and employers are keen to retain their skills and experience,...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 13 May 2022



Emma Gross discusses politics and workplace discrimination with HR Director Magazine

World politics can lead to heightened emotions at work, which may lead to claims of bullying or harassment. Our employment...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 10 May 2022



Amanda Lennon discusses HR implications of HRT shortage

The HRT shortage in the UK could mean that many women will experience debilitating perimenopause and menopause symptoms, which...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 5 May 2022



Fudia Smartt welcomes proposals to record employment tribunals

Employment tribunals that are conducted remotely could soon be recorded. HR Magazine covers the story, and our employment...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 27 Apr 2022



Anne Mannix discusses one year of IR35 with tech publication UKTN

IR35 – the off-payroll working rules – have been in force for a year. Tech news site UKTN considers the impact on tech...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 19 Apr 2022



Justin Murray discusses neurodiversity and hybrid workplaces

Hybrid working is now widespread due to extended periods of remote working during the pandemic. While the flexibility is...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 17 Mar 2022



Bryony Irvine joins Law Society Gazette discussion on hybrid working during the pandemic

When the first lockdown started in March 2020 the world of work changed overnight. Remote working impacted workers in diverse...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 14 Mar 2022



International Women’s Day and the gender pay gap

Businesses with a gender pay gap that shared posts about International Women’s Day were targeted by a twitter bot, which...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 14 Mar 2022



SRA guidance on law firm culture

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) recently published guidance on workplace environments in law firms which highlights...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 10 Mar 2022



Amanda Lennon discusses how to ask for a pay rise with Daily Mirror

International Women’s Day has again shone a light on the issue of the gender pay gap, and an article in the Daily Mirror...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 10 Mar 2022



London tube strike: Amanda Lennon outlines what HR teams need to know

Commuters in London have faced disruption this week due to a strike involving 10,000 tube workers. Issues like this require a...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 4 Mar 2022



COVID-19: changes to risk assessments, testing and self-isolation

COVID-19: Self-isolation requirements revoked from 24 February 2022, with a number of additional changes expected on April 1,...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 2 Mar 2022



SRA Guidance on Workplace Culture

The SRA recently published guidance on workplace environments in law firms[1] (the ‘Guidance’) which highlights some of the...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 28 Feb 2022



Employment Partner Dr John McMullen assumes new trustee role

Our Employment Partner Dr John McMullen has been appointed a trustee of Halifax Opportunities Trust. This is an example of...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 24 Feb 2022



Emma Gross comments on HR and legal implications of career breaks

Career breaks are in the news after Jo Whitfield, the CEO of Co-op Food confirmed she was taking a career break this year to...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 21 Feb 2022



Employment law partner Dr John McMullen’s new book on Redundancy Law and Practice receives a rave review from HR Director Magazine:

Our Employment law partner Dr John McMullen’s new book on Redundancy Law and Practice (now in its 4th edition) has received a...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 15 Feb 2022



Amanda Lennon writes for People Management on alcohol at work following government ‘partygate’ scandal

Following comments in Sue Gray’s report about Westminster’s culture of excessive drinking, our employment partner Amanda...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 9 Feb 2022



Free Covid 19 Vaccination Policy

Is your business at risk?  January is over and restrictions to businesses are melting away, but no doubt you are still...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 7 Feb 2022



The Observer features Fudia Smartt on unvaccinated employees

UK companies large and small are debating the vaccine question, and whether to differentiate between vaccinated and...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 26 Jan 2022



Amanda Lennon outlines the legal issues around transferring construction staff

When a business is bought, or a new contract starts, often employees transfer across. This transfer is governed by the TUPE...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 26 Jan 2022



Amanda Lennon comments on Ikea’s approach to unvaccinated staff and sick leave

Ikea’s policy of cutting sick pay for unvaccinated staff who have to isolate after coming into contact with someone with...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 12 Jan 2022



Pam Dosanjh Phillips calls for greater inclusion and diversity in business

Business Leader magazine sought views from a variety of experts for an article on diversity and inclusion in business. Pam...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 12 Jan 2022



Are you ‘Procedure and Policy ready’ for 2022?

With 2021 fresh in our memories, and all the possibilities of 2022 ahead – now is a great time to review your employment contracts, workplace po...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 11 Jan 2022



Emma Gross shares tips on what to do when your boss follows you on social media

Social media can be a great way to build rapport with your boss and co-workers, but it can bring challenges. Emma Gross,...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 21 Dec 2021



All About Agency Workers

Agency workers are sometimes referred to as atypical workers or contingent workers.   An agency worker’s contract...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 20 Dec 2021



Early Conciliation Changes

More than One prospective respondent (Implementation date : 1 December 2021). Many Employers may now be familiar with the early...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 13 Dec 2021



What you need to know about the Flexible Working Bill

The new Flexible Working Bill was introduced to parliament in June 2021. A new consultation has been published on proposals to...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 8 Dec 2021



Talented trainee completes training and qualifies as a solicitor with Spencer West

Bryony Irvine has completed her training with Spencer West and has accepted a post as a solicitor with the firm, specialising...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 3 Dec 2021



Legislative Update: Employment Law 2022

As we move into the final month of 2021 and cast our eyes towards 2022, it is worth taking a moment to look at the significant...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 2 Dec 2021



Amanda Lennon comments on gender pay gap

Employment partner Amanda Lennon, who is also our HR & Wellbeing Director has commented on the gender pay gap in HR...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 24 Nov 2021



Settlement Agreements: A Fact Sheet for Employers

 


News | Employment Law
Posted: 11 Nov 2021



Collective Redundancy Consultation

In Carillion Services ltd (in Compulsory Liquidation) and others v- Mr C Benson EA2021 000269BA (previously UKEAT/0026/21/ BA)...


News | Employment Law
Posted: 2 Nov 2021



Anne Mannix calls for better legal protection for menopausal women in We Are The City

We Are The City has featured an article by our Employment Partner Anne Mannix, discussing how the law is failing women going...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 1 Nov 2021



Recognition for Spencer West lawyers in Chambers and Partners UK 2022 listings

We are delighted that our lawyers have been individually ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK 2022 guide. Chambers and...


News | Construction, Engineering & Projects | Employment Law | General
Posted: 28 Oct 2021



Management Today features Amanda Lennon on sick leave

Our Employment Partner Amanda Lennon has been featured in an article in Management Today discussing sick leave and working from...


Press | Employment Law
Posted: 22 Oct 2021



What is a Settlement Agreement? Advice for Employees

If you have recently been advised that you are being made redundant, there is every probability that your mind is racing, you...


Article | Employment Law
Posted: 20 Oct 2021



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
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