Construction Law

Andrew Little: Adjudication enforcement - a bridge too far?

Andrew Little, senior associate at Burness Paull, discusses the issues surrounding adjudication enforcement.

Published 18 March 2021

English housebuilders asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements

Housebuilders in England that carry out repairs on new-build homes are asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements, an MP has alleged.

Published 17 March 2021

England: Five year ban for surveyor who destroyed company papers

A surveyor has been banned for five years after failing to provide adequate accounting records and not complying with tax obligations.

Published 12 March 2021

Three directors disqualified over construction cartel

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured the disqualification of three company directors, after finding they broke competition law by forming a cartel in the construction industry.

Published 11 March 2021

Consumers need more protection in wake of cladding crisis, warns construction solicitor

Following the recent formation of the New Homes Quality Board to put the New Homes Ombudsman Service into place, a Scottish construction solicitor has urged the Board to give the Ombudsman wide regulatory powers and include consumers who instruct works to refurbish, redesign or extend their existing homes. 

Published 8 March 2021

Sheelagh Cooley: Sustainability is now at the heart of many real estate transactions in Scotland

Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley.

Published 8 March 2021

Womble Bond Dickinson: Navigating delay and disruption – and a ‘groundswell of disputes’ – must be top priority for construction sector in 2021

Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the UK continues its journey as the first ever nation to exit the European Union, collaboration will continue to be key as the construction industry prepares itself for months of delay and disruption – with an expected rise in disputes being the most imminent threat, according to construction law specialists at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD).

Published 13 January 2021

Architect who embezzled from charity ordered to pay £700,000

A trustee who embezzled hundreds of thousands from a charity has been ordered to pay back £700,000 in profit.

Published 5 January 2021

Building contractor successfully enforces adjudicator’s decision in school extension dispute

A building contractor that was hired to construct an extension at a school in Ayrshire has succeeded in an action to enforce an adjudicator’s award following a dispute with the local authority.

Published 5 January 2021

Lindsays predicts positive 2021 for property after securing £100m of sales

Experts in the residential property division of law firm Lindsays are buoyant about price prospects for 2021 in Scotland’s property market after revealing details of their busiest four months on record.

Published 5 January 2021

Sarah Alexander: Does omitting works under the NEC3 subcontract constitute a breach?

Sarah Alexander, senior associate at Dentons, discusses the intricacies of the NEC3 subcontract.

Published 26 November 2020

Tenant of Glasgow office building with defective curtain walling entitled to abate rent

A former tenant of an office complex in Glasgow that had to vacate the premises for necessary repairs has successfully established its entitlement to abate the rent as a result of the works. 

Published 17 November 2020

Morton Fraser wins transport infrastructure appointment

Morton Fraser has been appointed to provide legal services for public local inquiries (PLIs) by the Scottish ministers and UK government.

Published 16 November 2020

Demolition company director failed to ensure safety of tragic worker

The director of a demolition company could be jailed for up to two years after he failed to ensure the safety of a workman who was crushed to death in Buckie almost seven years ago.

Published 11 November 2020

Judicial review petition submitted into Sutherland spaceport decision

A petition has been lodged for a judicial review of the decision by Highland Council to approve plans for the proposed spaceport development in Sutherland.

Published 5 November 2020