Construction Law

Simpson & Marwick completes amicable de-merger from Clyde & Co

Residential property, conveyancing and estate agency firm Simpson & Marwick is going out on its own following a mutual and amicable de-merger from law firm Clyde & Co.

Published 19 October 2020

New resource for construction law in Scotland

Scottish Construction Now has now included a legal section on its busy website.

Published 13 October 2020

Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project subcontractor establishes breach of contract by main contractor

A subcontractor involved in the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project has succeeded in establishing that the main contractor of the project breached the terms of their contract by omitting work within the scope of the subcontract and transferring it to other companies. 

Published 5 October 2020

Flat owner fails to establish statutory repair duty for downstairs neighbours

The proprietor of a flat in Edinburgh who sought to establish that their neighbour had a statutory obligation to pay for half the cost of repairs to the external render of the common wall of their building has had their application rejected by the Sheriff Court. 

Published 24 September 2020

Euan Clark named new board member for Joint Contracts Tribunal

Euan Clark is to join the Contractors Legal Group (CLG) at the Joint Contractors Tribunal (JCT), the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has confirmed.

Published 21 September 2020

Angus Council wrong to consider demolition of building on common good land without consultation, judge rules

Angus Council has admitted defeat in the legal battle regarding its decision to approve the demolition of the former Lochside Leisure Centre in Forfar.

Published 14 September 2020

Construction firm fails to establish council’s breach of transparency obligations in tender process

A construction company that unsuccessfully tendered for a local authority contract has failed to establish that the local authority was in breach of transparency obligations imposed on it by the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2015. 

Published 8 September 2020

Sarah Stewart: Heat Networks Bill - will housebuilders warm up to it?

Sarah Stewart from Burness Paull considers the Scottish Government's Heat Networks Bill and its impact on the housing and heating industries.

Published 4 September 2020

Ian Timlin: The challenges of 'virtual mediation' as a result of COVID-19

The new process virtual mediation for construction companies may not be as effective and is also less secure unless certain measures are put in place, warns Ian Timlin.

Published 4 September 2020

£2bn framework to help public sector to drive Scotland’s economic recovery

Scape Procure Scotland has today launched a new framework valued at £2 billion as part of a redesigned construction framework suite which aims to provide direct support to the local economy and Scotland’s green recovery.

Published 21 July 2020

Lauren Hazlie: Extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period

Lauren Hazlie, property solicitor at Jones Whyte, details the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market by discussing the extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period.

Published 13 July 2020

LBTT threshold increase welcomed but builders call for quick implementation

The threshold at which Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is paid will be raised from £145,000 to £250,000 as the Scottish Government steps up efforts to support homebuyers and help the economy recover from the impact of coronavirus.

Published 10 July 2020

Scottish Government issues guidance on moving home

New guidance has been issued which aims to ensure that moving home in Scotland can happen safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

Published 24 June 2020

Roddy Cormack: Government must help safeguard construction industry

Scotland’s construction industry will face a potential domino effect of insolvencies without some form of government intervention, warns solicitor Roddy Cormack.

Published 19 June 2020

Blog: Housing and modern methods of construction post COVID-19

Now is the time to consider the role of Modern Methods of Construction in the future of the construction sector, says partner Ian Atkinson and solicitor Ryan Lavers at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.

Published 10 June 2020