Blogs



Christopher Dickson: Coronavirus – is there a contractual cure?

CMS senior associate Christopher Dickson discusses the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on construction contracts.

Published 2 March 2020

Dene Mitchell: More hotel owners need to look out for hotel fire hazards and comply with fire regulations

Dene Mitchell on the need for hotels to increase fire safety precautions.

Published 28 February 2020

Just A Minute with Karen Conachan

Martec’s Karen Conachan is next in line for our Just a Minute feature.

Published 26 February 2020

Oliver Wilson: Mixed-use changing the shape of Scottish cities

Architect Oliver Wilson on the changing residential neighbourhoods being created in Scottish city centres.

Published 25 February 2020

Katherine Metcalfe: Scottish Government risks falling behind on post-Grenfell safety

Katherine Metcalfe compares building safety regulations north and south of the border.

Published 24 February 2020

Viv Sutherland: Transition Time – Why the UK’s construction sector can’t afford to take its eye off the clock

Morris & Spottiswood’s strategic development director, Viv Sutherland, argues that the Brexit Transition Period is of vital importance to the UK construction sector.

Published 20 February 2020

Laura McCorquodale: Why 'without prejudice' wording does not create a magical force field of legal protection around documents

A construction adjudication enforcement case in North Lanarkshire highlights why the use of 'without prejudice' does not make documents inadmissible in subsequent proceedings, says Harper Macleod senior associate Laura McCorquodale.

Published 20 February 2020

Jordan Hay: Transformation of UK land use crucial to achieving net zero targets

The climate emergency has risen to the top of the UK’s political agenda in recent years, with green issues set to become one of the biggest political hot potatoes of the decade. Last year, the UK legislated for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This was recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK’s independent climate advisory body and is one of the most ambitious in the world. Scotland has committed to reaching net zero by 2045, five years earlier than the UK as a whole, writes Jordan Hay.

Published 20 February 2020

Womble Bond Dickinson: Government announces more construction tax changes

Womble Bond Dickinson's partner Jeremy Smith, managing associate Michelle Essen and practice development lawyer Karen Plumbley-Jones highlight further changes to the off-payroll working rules (IR35).

Published 19 February 2020

Just A Minute with Grant Tod

The latest participant in our Just a Minute feature is QS Advisor Limited founder and Bstructured co-founder Grant Tod.

Published 19 February 2020

Sarah Alexander: Adjudicator's use of third parties

Dentons senior associate, Sarah Alexander, discusses the case of Babcock Marine (Clyde) Ltd v HS Barrier Coatings Ltd [2019] CSOH 110 and its impact on what an adjudicator needs to do if they use other people (like a QS) when preparing their decision.

Published 18 February 2020

James Palmer: Shawfair’s ambitions to bring green power to its people

Highlighting the energy strategy behind making Shawfair as sustainable as possible, James Palmer said the project can become an exemplar for others to follow.

Published 18 February 2020

Will Scarlett: Don’t take huge potential of build to rent for granted

While the build to rent (BTR) pipeline continues to grow in Scotland, Will Scarlett from Scarlett Land and Development said the sector’s viability should not be taken for granted.

Published 14 February 2020

Just A Minute with Keith Gallacher from Complete Weed Control

Complete Weed Control director Keith Gallacher is the latest participant in our Just a Minute feature.

Published 14 February 2020

David Hamilton: Project managing the Edinburgh Biomes programme

David Hamilton says his work on the Edinburgh Biomes programme proves that skills are transferable when it comes to project management.

Published 12 February 2020