Construction Law



Tesco unveils major investment in new renewable electricity generating capacity

Tesco has announced a significant project to source electricity directly from Scottish renewables projects – the biggest of its type ever completed by a retailer in the UK.

Published 30 October 2019

Lack of cladding certification could render high rise flats 'unsellable'

Potentially hundreds of flats in high rise blocks across Scotland may be effectively unsellable due to a lack of certification for cladding, it has been reported.

Published 21 October 2019

Tom Laurie: Exception reporting – when is it unnecessary to provide a Home Report?

Surveyor Tom Laurie talks about the many, but perhaps little known, exceptions that exist for Home Reports.

Published 16 October 2019

Law firm builds on construction offering with new partner appointment

A construction specialist solicitor has joined Scottish firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP (WJM) as a partner.

Published 1 October 2019

And finally... Family ordered to stop using ‘shed’ as three-bedroom home

Scottish Ministers have rejected a human rights challenge by the owners of an illegally-built bungalow in rural Perthshire.

Published 24 September 2019

Output contracts for fourth consecutive month as new orders fall at fastest pace for a decade

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on the UK Government to bring an end to the threat of ‘no deal’ after new data found that construction output has contracted for the fourth month in a row and new orders fell at the fastest pace for over ten years.

Published 3 September 2019

Inverness tenement talk to help buildings stand the test of time

The Inverness Townscape Heritage Project (ITHP) and Doors Open Days Highland will give a talk this week on building maintenance.

Published 3 September 2019

Roofing firm admits failings after employee died in fall from ladder

An Aberdeen roofing company has pled guilty to health and safety failings after one of its employees fell from a ladder and died.

Published 14 August 2019

Revenue Scotland fails in appeal against decision to quash penalties for LBTT late return

Penalties imposed by Revenue Scotland (RS) over the late filing of a land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) return have been quashed after the tax agency failed to produce evidence that it had taken a decision to impose the penalties, as required by legislation.

Published 25 July 2019

MSPs urge construction leaders to ‘take ownership’ in tackling long-standing challenges

A Scottish Parliament committee undertaking an inquiry into construction in Scotland has called on the industry’s leaders to “take ownership” when it comes to tackling long-standing challenges within the sector.

Published 2 July 2019

Scape Group unveils details of next generation Venture frameworks

Public sector procurement body Scape Group has published details of its next generation of the Scape Venture frameworks, the procurement arm of the business focused on supporting public/private partnerships and charitable organisations.

Published 17 June 2019

Construction sector records sharpest drop in workforce in six-and-a-half years

Activity in the UK construction sector fell back into negative territory last month as the sector recorded the sharpest drop in workforce number since November 2012.

Published 4 June 2019

Peter Begbie: Legally binding contracts – more than meets the eye

Agreements between businesses and individuals occur on a daily basis, but what does it take to make them legally binding? Peter Begbie explains.

Published 31 May 2019

Poor payment performance ‘still widespread’, finds SEC Group Scotland survey

The Scottish Government has failed to prevent SMEs in the construction supply chain from suffering from poor payment performance, according to a new industry survey.

Published 24 May 2019

Construction law expert switches from Battersea to Granite City

A lawyer specialising in major construction projects is returning to work for in Aberdeen having played a key role in the redevelopment of the famous Battersea Power Station in London.

Published 16 May 2019