Construction Law



Finance expert hopes new UK Government support scheme will help construction's fight for survival

Construction firms battling back from the impact of Covid-19 could be among the winners from a new UK Government support scheme, according to a finance expert.

Published 7 April 2021

Law firms join forces to support campaign on asbestos danger

Digby Brown has pledged to work with 12 other law firms to support a new campaign which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the cancer called mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.

Published 7 April 2021

Lindsays complete homes deals worth almost £180m

The post-lockdown house-move boom has seen Scottish law firm and estate agent Lindsays defy disruption to record a rise in the number of homes sold in the past 12 months.

Published 6 April 2021

Jailed trade unionists exonerated after 47 years

Trade unionists who were imprisoned for their role in the 1972 builders' strike have been exonerated by the Court of Appeal in London nearly half a century later.

Published 24 March 2021

Brodies expands planning law practice with three new appointments

Law firm Brodies LLP has appointed three lawyers to its planning law practice.

Published 24 March 2021

Edinburgh harbour developers not entitled to reconveyance of tram route from city council

A property development firm has failed to establish that it was entitled to a reconveyance of a tram line route sold to its predecessors in title that was subsequently re-acquired by the local authority that originally sold it under a compulsory purchase order.

Published 23 March 2021

Jamie Dunne: Construction's competition problem

The latest director disqualifications are a reminder to every company in the construction sector of the importance of ensuring that staff understand what conduct will expose their firm to prosecution, writes Jamie Dunne.

Published 23 March 2021

Andrew Little: Adjudication enforcement - a bridge too far?

Andrew Little, senior associate at Burness Paull, discusses the issues surrounding adjudication enforcement.

Published 18 March 2021

English housebuilders asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements

Housebuilders in England that carry out repairs on new-build homes are asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements, an MP has alleged.

Published 17 March 2021

England: Five year ban for surveyor who destroyed company papers

A surveyor has been banned for five years after failing to provide adequate accounting records and not complying with tax obligations.

Published 12 March 2021

Three directors disqualified over construction cartel

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured the disqualification of three company directors, after finding they broke competition law by forming a cartel in the construction industry.

Published 11 March 2021

Consumers need more protection in wake of cladding crisis, warns construction solicitor

Following the recent formation of the New Homes Quality Board to put the New Homes Ombudsman Service into place, a Scottish construction solicitor has urged the Board to give the Ombudsman wide regulatory powers and include consumers who instruct works to refurbish, redesign or extend their existing homes. 

Published 8 March 2021

Sheelagh Cooley: Sustainability is now at the heart of many real estate transactions in Scotland

Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley.

Published 8 March 2021

Womble Bond Dickinson: Navigating delay and disruption – and a ‘groundswell of disputes’ – must be top priority for construction sector in 2021

Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the UK continues its journey as the first ever nation to exit the European Union, collaboration will continue to be key as the construction industry prepares itself for months of delay and disruption – with an expected rise in disputes being the most imminent threat, according to construction law specialists at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD).

Published 13 January 2021

Architect who embezzled from charity ordered to pay £700,000

A trustee who embezzled hundreds of thousands from a charity has been ordered to pay back £700,000 in profit.

Published 5 January 2021