Blogs



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

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