Construction Law

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

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