Blogs



Kevin Stewart MSP: What kind of Scotland do we want to see post-lockdown?

In the first in a series of blogs about how planning can respond to new and old challenges, planning minister Kevin Stewart offers some thoughts about recent events and what the future might bring for our places and people.

Published 29 June 2020

Just a Minute with Lee Marley

Construction entrepreneur Lee Marley is the next participant in our Just a Minute feature.

Published 24 June 2020

Kevin Reid: Lessons learned through lockdown could rebuild the future of construction

Cruden Group’s Kevin Reid outlines likely changes to the ways that we will build and what we will build now as a result of the pandemic.

Published 23 June 2020

Rodney Whyte: Scotland needs to build homes and communities for its ageing population

The Scottish Government needs to encourage investment in Later Living and, in turn, provide a boost for the construction industry, says residential property specialist Rodney Whyte. 

Published 23 June 2020

Kathryn Kelly: A question of knowledge – defects, the Midlothian case and the time for bringing an action in Scots Law

When a defect becomes apparent in a building or structure, how long does the owner have to make a claim? Dentons associate Kathryn Kelly explains more.

Published 22 June 2020

Claire Logue: What next for COVID-19’s impact on construction contracts?

Coronavirus has had a significant impact on construction projects in terms of delay as well as direct and indirect costs and Claire Logue says it is uncertain how these will be dealt with by the courts.

Published 22 June 2020

Roddy Cormack: Government must help safeguard construction industry

Scotland’s construction industry will face a potential domino effect of insolvencies without some form of government intervention, warns solicitor Roddy Cormack.

Published 19 June 2020

Holmes Miller: Early learning in a COVID-19 climate

Government guidance on the return of children to preschool education settings promotes the increased use of outdoor learning spaces to provide valuable education to infants, whilst providing the required distance between ‘cohorts’ or ‘bubbles’ of pupils. Holmes Miller has been reviewing the guidance against its emerging Early Years model, which has been designed to maximise outdoor play.

Published 17 June 2020

Andrew Hill: Why it’s more important than ever for landlords and tenants to collaborate

Andrew Hill, lease advisory partner at Knight Frank's Edinburgh office, details the importance of collaboration between landlords and tenants during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 16 June 2020

Eric Curran: Ignore the doomsayers... the Scottish residential property market fundamentals remain strong

Scottish residential house prices are not falling through the roof, despite what you may be reading elsewhere, according to Eric Curran, managing partner at DM Hall chartered surveyors.

Published 11 June 2020

Blog: Housing and modern methods of construction post COVID-19

Now is the time to consider the role of Modern Methods of Construction in the future of the construction sector, says partner Ian Atkinson and solicitor Ryan Lavers at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.

Published 10 June 2020

Kate Primrose: Acceleration Agreements – can the construction sector accelerate out of lockdown?

Coronavirus has caused significant delay to numerous projects across the UK. But what if it is critical that a project still completes by a specified date such as a school or student accommodation? As steps are made to move out of lockdown, parties may seek to accelerate works.

Published 9 June 2020

Craig Whelton: Scotland and the ‘tilted balance’ in planning decisions

On June 3, the Court of Session handed down a landmark judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Limited v Scottish Ministers in which it upheld the use of the ‘tilted balance’ in cases where there is a shortfall in the housing land supply. Burges Salmon’s Scottish planning and compulsory purchase team, led by partner Craig Whelton with support from associate Lynsey Reid, acted for Gladman.

Published 9 June 2020

David Shearer: Easing out of lockdown - why we must all play by the rules

HFD Construction managing director David Shearer gives his take on coming out of lockdown and some of the Phase 1 steps.

Published 8 June 2020

Gordon King: Scotland’s energy is still there. Once it is unleashed, we will be back on track again

Rural property valuer Gordon King offers his thoughts on Scotland’s post-lockdown energy potential.

Published 2 June 2020