Construction Law



Court of Session rules against Dundee City Council's e-bike station planning approval

A judge in the Outer House of the Court of Session has declared that a purported planning grant for an e-bike docking station outside a Category B listed tenement building in Dundee is ultra vires and of no effect after the decision was challenged by locals.

Published 16 September 2021

England: Multi-million pound property scheme director banned for nine years

A property boss has been disqualified by the courts after two companies took more than £4.7 million from investors in Gloucestershire redevelopment scheme.

Published 15 September 2021

Scottish Land Court rules in favour of Space Hub Sutherland

Plans for the construction of Scotland’s first spaceport have passed yet another legal hurdle after the Scottish Land Court ruled that crofters can still work on the land outside of rocket launch periods.

Published 14 September 2021

Euan Pirie: Dealing with volatile materials costs in construction tenders

Euan Pirie, partner in the specialist construction and engineering contracts advisory team at Harper Macleod LLP, looks at a solution to price uncertainty for construction materials when tendering big contracts.

Published 14 September 2021

Blog: Managing risk throughout the construction materials shortage

Eilidh Dobson and Iain Drummond comment on legal aspects of the ongoing materials shortage.

Published 10 September 2021

Harper Macleod construction specialists help Fife Council seal deal for 260 affordable homes

The specialist construction contract advisory team at Harper Macleod has helped Fife Council beat the clock to close a housing deal with Robertson Construction Group Limited for seven sites across the Kingdom.

Published 10 September 2021

Mark Lazarowicz: What the SNP-Green deal could mean for the natural environment

Advocate and former Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz examines the new SNP-Green deal and assess how radical an impact its commitments could have on the natural environment in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2021

Students to sue Glasgow School of Art for 'underprovided education'

One of Scotland's leading architects has thrown his support behind a class-action lawsuit proposed by students of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) who have accused the institution of failing to provide adequate tuition during the pandemic.

Published 30 August 2021

Harper Macleod duo accredited as Construction Law Specialists

Two partners at law firm Harper Macleod have been accredited as Construction Law Specialists by the Law Society of Scotland.

Published 27 August 2021

Outer House judge rejects conservation organisation’s challenge to planning permission for Scottish spaceport

A Scottish conservation organisation has failed in its legal challenge against a decision of The Highland Council to grant planning permission to build a spaceport and associated facilities near Tongue.

Published 23 August 2021

Fraud and bribery in the construction sector – another sting in the tail

Having previously identified the high risk of financial crime in the construction sector, solicitor Ramsay Hall is now joined by colleague Paul Marshall to provide an update on recent developments.

Published 20 August 2021

Chris Horsley: Construction resources crisis – guidance from Scottish Government

Construction legal expert Chris Horsley provides an insight into the measures suggested by the Scottish Government which contracting authorities may take in order to try to mitigate the current market pressures on resources.

Published 18 August 2021

Man who failed to appoint replacement contract administrator loses appeal on housebuilding dispute

The Sheriff Appeal Court has upheld the decision of a commercial sheriff in a contractual dispute between a housebuilder and a client in Aberdeen who held that the client was required to make an interim payment following the resignation of the firm to which payment applications required to be submitted.

Published 10 August 2021

John Rodger: New cladding tax threatens housing progress

John Rodger, partner and property specialist at accountants Chiene + Tait, discusses the potential consequences of the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT).

Published 4 August 2021

Six-year bans for couple after spending £2.4m before liquidation

The directors of an East Kilbride double glazing firm have been disqualified after failing to keep records to explain where £2.4 million had been spent from the company bank accounts.

Published 3 August 2021