Blogs



Michael Conroy: COVID-19 and the impact on JCT/SBCC contracts

With the Scottish Government and the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum advising that all non-essential building sites in Scotland should close in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Harper Macleod partner Michael Conroy outlines what this means for building projects that are governed by the JCT/SBCC of contracts.

Published 16 April 2020

Eric Curran: Suspending the housing market is unprecedented, but it is temporary

The sector should be assured that the housing market will return at some point, as it always does, writes Eric Curran.

Published 16 April 2020

Michael Conroy: COVID-19 and NEC Contracts

With the Scottish Government and the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum advising that all non-essential building sites in Scotland should close in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Harper Macleod partner Michael Conroy outlines what this means for building projects that are governed by the NEC suite of contracts.

Published 15 April 2020

Shona Frame: Meeting of minds required for COVID-19 contractual issues

Construction sector specialist lawyer Shona Frame discusses some of the pressures the industry has come under since the COVID-19 outbreak, the potential contractual issues arising from this and provides some advice on how companies can take practical steps to protect their position.

Published 14 April 2020

Fraser Mitchell: Despite emergency measures, challenges remain for Scotland’s planning system

Fraser Mitchell, planning partner at Shoosmiths in Scotland, considers the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s planning system and notes that significant challenges remain to maintain an effective planning system during the lockdown and beyond.  

Published 14 April 2020

David Shearer: Construction during a crisis - making people the priority

HFD Construction managing director David Shearer shares his thoughts on COVID-19 and what it means for an eventual return to work.

Published 14 April 2020

Bill Hill: Use health and safety fines to assist struggling construction workforce

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity CEO Bill Hill speaks about the current pandemic and how the government should be doing much more to support our construction workforce.

Published 9 April 2020

Just a Minute with Phil Harris

Phil Harris from Vert Technologies steps up to participate in our Just a Minute feature.

Published 8 April 2020

Janet McIntyre and Gary Thomas: Coronavirus support for commercial tenants

Thorntons commercial property partners Janet McIntyre and Gary Thomas summarise emergency legislation introduced in Scotland to prevent the eviction of commercial tenants who are unable to pay their rent because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published 6 April 2020

Ailsa Thomson: Community Rights to Buy - where are we now?

Ailsa Thomson breaks down the Scottish Government's policy to empower communities and ensure people benefit more fairly from Scotland's land.

Published 2 April 2020

Lesley McLeod: Coronavirus may usher in a new way of working in construction in longer term

Association for Project Safety CEO Lesley McLeod focuses on coronavirus and what it means for the construction industry.

Published 1 April 2020

Bruce Kennedy: Humanising the workplace

Looking to a post-pandemic work environment, Bruce Kennedy talks about designing workplaces that inspire creativity, celebrate our collective humanity and allow us to thrive.

Published 31 March 2020

Ross Taylor: Coronavirus and the importance of construction contracts

Construction law specialist Ross Taylor sets out a series of guidelines for those working in the construction sector to improve their current position, and use the inevitable upcoming period of down time to review contracts for future use. 

Published 26 March 2020

COVID-19: Construction site closures

Jane McMonagle and Juliet Haldane discuss whether the latest COVID-19 guidance should mean a closure of construction sites and outline six key factors to consider when implementing a temporary shutdown.

Published 25 March 2020

Fiona Harper: COVID-19 and working uncertainty

SELECT director of employment and skills Fiona Harper on the ongoing uncertainty around construction working practices.

Published 25 March 2020