Construction Law

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

Former architecture employee jailed for armed robbery

An architecture employee who admitted carrying out an armed robbery on a Dundee bookmakers has been given a 32 month jail sentence.

Published 13 March 2019

Dundee architecture employee admits armed robbery in weeks after redundancy

A former architecture employee has admitted carrying out an armed robbery on a Dundee bookmakers six weeks after losing his job, a court has heard.

Published 6 February 2019

Scottish construction SMEs 'resilient despite Brexit uncertainty'

Small and medium-sized (SME) firms in the Scottish construction sector are remaining stable in the face of continuing political uncertainty, according to a report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.

Published 30 January 2019

TLT continues Scottish real estate expansion

UK law firm TLT has continued the rapid growth of its real estate team in Scotland with the appointment of Joanna Hamilton as legal director and Stephanie Hands as solicitor.

Published 15 January 2019

Developer succeeds in case against Scottish Borders Council over rescission of missives

Scottish Borders Council has lost a legal battle over the sale of land for a new hotel, restaurant and housing development in Galashiels.

Published 11 January 2019

Blog: SEPA’S new licensing requirements: Is your construction site compliant?

Are you involved in a construction project?  If so, are you fully aware of the changes to SEPA’s Controlled Activities Regulations which came into effect in September? Burness Paull’s Kate Primrose outlines what is required.

Published 23 November 2018

Law firm creates new regulatory team to support construction clients

Davidson Chalmers has launched a new service which aims to support clients, including those within the construction sector, who find themselves involved with the regulators.

Published 19 November 2018

Blog: ‘Smash and Grab’: The Appeal

Rebecca Barrass provides an insight on a Court of Appeal ruling into a ‘smash and grab’ construction case.

Published 12 November 2018