Construction Law

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

Aberdeen house price slump continues

The first three months of this year saw house prices in Aberdeen (city and suburbs) drop by 4.3 per cent from the final quarter of last year, according to latest data published in a new report from Aberdeen Solicitors’ Property Centre.

Published 2 May 2019

Jamie Dunne: Competition crackdown – Five lessons for construction businesses

Given a number of Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accusations against key suppliers to the construction sector, Jamie Dunne from law firm Brodies has looked into the issue in more detail.

Published 23 April 2019

Alyson Cowan: Importance of limitation clauses in collateral warranties

The recently published judgment of O’Farrell J in Swansea Stadium Management Co. Ltd v Swansea City and County Council ([2018] EWHC 2192 (TCC)) provides guidance on limitations of time clauses contained in collateral warranties and acts as a reminder that collateral warranties are capable of being time barred.

Published 18 April 2019

Persimmon commissions independent review into customer service and poor workmanship

Persimmon’s continued efforts to improve its customer care culture and operations are to be assessed in an independent review.

Published 5 April 2019

Blog: True Valuations – when can they truly be sought?

Solicitor Amy Drew of Scottish lawyers MacRoberts addresses changes to the law in the wake of recent cases relating to “smash and grab” adjudications.

Published 1 April 2019

Persimmon launches UK’s first retention scheme for homebuyers

Persimmon is to become the first major UK housebuilder to offer a retention policy to protect homebuyers from repair problems.

Published 21 March 2019

Shoosmiths eyes further growth with three real estate appointments

National law firm Shoosmiths has made three new appointments to its real estate team in Edinburgh.

Published 21 March 2019