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NEC contracts: A charter for good faith not contract breaking

Chris Mackay and Andrew Little from Burness Paull look at the Scottish Appeal Court decision in relation to the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project and what it means for NEC contracts going forward.

Published 11 October 2021

Chris Horsley: Construction resources crisis – guidance from Scottish Government

Construction legal expert Chris Horsley provides an insight into the measures suggested by the Scottish Government which contracting authorities may take in order to try to mitigate the current market pressures on resources.

Published 18 August 2021

Kathleen McAnea: Construction materials shortage – blip or blunder?

Burness Paull's Kathleen McAnea looks at the implications of the current shortage in construction materials and offers suggestions for companies who may be impacted.

Published 3 June 2021

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

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

Kate Primrose: Acceleration Agreements – can the construction sector accelerate out of lockdown?

Coronavirus has caused significant delay to numerous projects across the UK. But what if it is critical that a project still completes by a specified date such as a school or student accommodation? As steps are made to move out of lockdown, parties may seek to accelerate works.

Published 9 June 2020

Colin Clelland: The construction industry and COVID-19 – where are we now?

Colin Clelland from Burness Paull’s construction team dissects at what the latest Scottish Government guidance means for the sector.

Published 24 April 2020

Homes for Scotland agrees new Annual Lunch partnership with Burness Paull

Homes for Scotland (HFS) has announced a new three-year deal with commercial law firm Burness Paull LLP for sponsorship of its flagship Annual Lunch.

Published 5 November 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

Lynda Ross: The demolished development and the silent clock

A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish Government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited.

Published 27 March 2019

Blog: Appointing Construction Consultants – recurring problems

Scope of services, standard of care and correct contracting parties. Three standard appointment issues for professional consultants advising on construction projects, but issues which reach the courts on a regular basis as a recent court judgment demonstrates.

Published 19 December 2018

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

Blog: Off-site manufacturing - a ‘smart’ move

The construction industry needs change. Solutions need to be embraced. Off-site manufacturing is a solution. Kathleen McAnea explains how attitudes which hinder this solution can be overcome.

Published 24 September 2018

Blog: Plot thickens on returning abandoned land to use

Kirsty Glennan, senior solicitor at Burness Paull, writes on impending changes to Scottish land law.

Published 26 June 2018

Blog: Lead consultants - liable for what?

Kathleen McAnea outlines why developers should review a recent case when procuring works and considering the extent of their design consultant’s liability.

Published 23 May 2018