Construction Law



Prison sentence for consultant who supplied fake building warrant

A construction consultant who supplied a fake building warrant to a Dunfermline man having his home extended has been sent to prison.

Published 21 February 2020

BSW Timber acquired by private equity firm

Scottish timber company BSW Timber has been acquired by Leeds-based private equity firm Endless for an undisclosed sum after more than 170 years of family ownership.

Published 20 February 2020

Jordan Hay: Transformation of UK land use crucial to achieving net zero targets

The climate emergency has risen to the top of the UK’s political agenda in recent years, with green issues set to become one of the biggest political hot potatoes of the decade. Last year, the UK legislated for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This was recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the UK’s independent climate advisory body and is one of the most ambitious in the world. Scotland has committed to reaching net zero by 2045, five years earlier than the UK as a whole, writes Jordan Hay.

Published 20 February 2020

Construction begins recovery as optimism hits near two-year high

UK construction firms have reported a boost from receding political uncertainty with business optimism rebounded to its highest since April 2018.

Published 4 February 2020

Lauren Hazlie: Cladding – what you need to know for 2020

Trainee solicitor at Jones Whyte Law, Lauren Hazlie, provides information on high rise cladding and what people should be aware of when looking to buy or sell a property which has inappropriate cladding.

Published 31 January 2020

Construction pulls off ‘Houdini-like turnaround’

Output in the UK construction sector increased by 0.6% during the third quarter of the year following months of flat or falling figures, the latest Office for National Statistics report has shown.

Published 11 November 2019

Construction output falls at slower rate in October

The latest monthly survey of construction purchasing managers has pointed to a sustained decline in UK construction output, with overall volumes of work falling for the sixth consecutive month.

Published 4 November 2019

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