Blogs



Alex Orr: Planning for the capital’s development

Alex Orr considers a key planning document being proposed for Edinburgh and what it might mean for developers.

Published 22 July 2020

Ewan MacLeod: Scottish Government proposes abolition of the presumption in favour of sustainable development

Planning lawyer Ewan MacLeod provides detail on the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of Scottish Planning Policy and the removal of the current presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Published 21 July 2020

Scott Macphail: If we want the most from brownfield sites, we must provide the infrastructure to make it possible

Scott MacPhail on the importance of sewage systems in new housing developments.

Published 21 July 2020

Seumas Thomson: From lockdown to labourer – the COVID crisis gave me a new string to my property bow

Furloughed development assistant Seumas Thomson hopes to reap the benefits of being put back to work as a site labourer.

Published 21 July 2020

Andrew Duncan: The importance of placemaking in a post-COVID world

Lockdown has shown the particular importance of community green spaces, says Andrew Duncan.

Published 17 July 2020

Guy Marsden: COVID-19 won’t mark the death of the office but it will accelerate its rebirth

Guy Marsden discusses the future of offices, sustainability features that we need to think of, the indoor and outdoor environment and why COVID is likely to accelerate its rebirth.

Published 14 July 2020

Lauren Hazlie: Extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period

Lauren Hazlie, property solicitor at Jones Whyte, details the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market by discussing the extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period.

Published 13 July 2020

Lila Angelaka: How to maintain your traditional tenement flat and communal areas

Scotland's tenements have a rich past, and their story can continue long into the future if cared for properly, says Lila Angelaka.

Published 13 July 2020

John Macleod: Common problems – BAM TCP Atlantic Square Limited v BT plc

Dr John Macleod of Edinburgh Law School examines inaccuracy and the offside goals rule in light of a recent case in the Outer House.

Published 9 July 2020

Just a Minute with Andrew Dallas

The JR Group was founded in 1995 and employs around 170 staff. It started as a scaffolding business and is now one of the largest building and construction firms in Scotland. The business operates throughout Scotland and Northern England, working on behalf of a number of the UK’s leading housebuilders, registered social landlords and private clients. Projects director Andrew Dallas answers our questions.

Published 8 July 2020

Lisa Dromgoole: Should dispute resolution be at the ‘Heart’ of every contract?

Construction lawyer Lisa Dromgoole considers the parallels between Hearts and Partick Thistle’s ongoing legal battle with the SPFL and alternative dispute resolution in the building sector.

Published 8 July 2020

John Gilbert Architects: Thoughts on listing the Kingston Bridge

In response to Historic Environment Scotland's proposal to list the M8 Kingston Bridge, John Gilbert Architects has published its thoughts.

Published 7 July 2020

Womble Bond Dickinson: Energy or waste? When an EfW plant contract is not a construction contract

Simon Lewis, Vicky McCombe and Sarah Wales take a look at the latest case in the ongoing share of disputes on the subject of energy from waste (EfW) plant construction contracts.

Published 3 July 2020

Simon Capaldi: COVID-19 will accelerate the evolution of business’ approach to office-based working

Social distancing has turned our lives upside down and at short notice businesses adapted to remote working, moving office life into the home.

Published 1 July 2020

Gillian Thomson: Better understanding of fire rating standard needed for powder coated cladding

A poor understanding of the updated Euroclass fire rating standard is bringing additional cost, confusion and quality issues to a sector faced with recladding up to 700 high rise building in Scotland alone, says Gillian Thomson.

Published 30 June 2020