Construction Law



Roddy Cormack: From toilet paper to steel cladding – how to manage a supply sheet storm

Construction law specialist Roddy Cormack on the shortages of construction materials and the impact this may have on the sector. 

Published 4 June 2021

Kathleen McAnea: Construction materials shortage – blip or blunder?

Burness Paull's Kathleen McAnea looks at the implications of the current shortage in construction materials and offers suggestions for companies who may be impacted.

Published 3 June 2021

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston: After Grenfell, who pays to make high-rise buildings meet fire safety standards?

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston outline the current legal landscape in Scotland regarding who pays the remedial works necessary to bring residential buildings into line with new fire safety standards.

Published 2 June 2021

Highland property owner fails to appeal refusal of judicial review petition against ratings authority

An owner of a property on the west coast of Scotland who claimed he was wrongly charged for ratings payments on the property has been unsuccessful in an appeal against the dismissal of a judicial review petition raised challenging the decision of the local authority’s ratings board.

Published 14 May 2021

Ian Timlin: What you need to consider if your contractor goes bust

Dispute resolution specialist Ian Timlin outlines nine things to be considered if faced with contractor insolvency.

Published 10 May 2021

Heat Networks: are things hotting up for housebuilders?

Heat networks have not been widely adopted in the UK due to a lack of regulation and resulting lack of consumer confidence. They also require significant upfront capital costs. As Scotland is the first nation within the UK to bring out legislation in this area, Sarah-Jane McArthur and Sarah Stewart outline the issues which need to be addressed.

Published 29 April 2021

Company fined following fatal Wishaw gas explosion

An asbestos removal contractor has been fined after a worker was fatally injured and another worker seriously injured in a gas explosion in Wishaw.

Published 28 April 2021

Roddy Cormack: Who owns what on a partially built project

As the government continues to push the construction industry to move more of the building process off-site and into factories, Roddy Cormack, construction specialist at law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, explores a conundrum which must be solved if the industry is to thrive in this area – who owns what on a partially built project? 

Published 28 April 2021

CMA unveils lessons learned from rolled lead cartel case

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a case study into the lessons learned from its investigation into two of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead, who broke competition law by taking part in a business cartel.

Published 27 April 2021

Commercial landlord entitled to payment for repair costs following termination of lease

A landlord of commercial premises in Aberdeenshire whose former tenant refused to pay for the cost of work to the property at the end of their tenancy has successfully obtained a decree for payment from the Outer House of the Court of Session.

Published 22 April 2021

Ramsay Hall: Addressing modern slavery in the construction sector

Following the launch of a Police Scotland campaign aimed at tackling modern slavery concerns within the construction sector, Ramsay Hall outlines what modern slavery actually involves and what can be done when there's concern about its presence in the supply chain.

Published 21 April 2021

Outer House judgment favours employer contracts of employment

Miller Samuel Hill Brown has welcomed a decision issued by Lady Wolffe in the Outer House of the Court of Session this week, regarding the enforcement of post-termination non-compete restrictions in a contract of employment.

Published 21 April 2021

Kelly Hardman: Time factor as offshore wind worker concession deadline approaches

As it continues to grow its track record of contributions to Scotland’s renewables mission, the offshore wind sector is currently making all the right headlines, writes Kelly Hardman.

Published 20 April 2021

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