Lawyer-written opinions and insights on the latest in the legal sector, along with what else is happening in the world and how these topics may impact your business.

Government funding for unsafe cladding - who really foots the bill?

11 Feb 2021
The discussion around building safety, and particularly the replacement of combustible cladding, continues to dominate the headlines for the construction sector. Yesterday's announcement by the government comes against a backdrop of increasing pressure to improve its existing funding arrangements, which were launched to deal with unsafe cladding in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.
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Steps to rebuild construction recruitment plans for 2021

21 Jan 2021
The construction industry was quick to adapt and carry on working in 2020, but it continues to struggle with labour levels. And this is a problem that’s not going away any time soon as, due to Brexit and the new immigration system now in place, we are likely to see a reduction in the number of available EU national workers – workers which the industry has traditionally relied upon.
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Steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages

18 Jan 2021
The UK construction industry manufactures and uses an incredible amount of materials each year, producing around 2bn bricks, over 70 million sq m of concrete blocks and 30 million sq m of roof tiles per annum. However, in a year where the construction industry has faced unprecedented challenges owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Brexit process, we have seen shortages in supply of construction materials, and this can cause significant delay and disruption to construction projects.

Green investment plan to boost employment following COVID-19

14 Jul 2020
Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered his Summer Economic Update, which included a circa £3 billion green investment plan. The intention behind this is to boost employment following the COVID-19 pandemic, with an expectation of around 140,000 green jobs being created, as well as to cut carbon emissions by an estimated half a megaton a year.

"We're all going on a (SDLT) summer holiday"

10 Jul 2020
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has this week announced a Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) "holiday", which will run from 8 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 and which looks like being a real shot in the arm for the recovery of the housing market.

Should dispute resolution be at the "Heart" of every contract?

07 Jul 2020
It's not often that a construction lawyer has cause to consider the world of football, or not this construction lawyer in any event. We are told that we are living in unprecedented times. As we all know, Scotland went into lockdown on 23 March of this year. Tentative steps are now being implemented to restart the economy and get down to the new normal. What won't be restarting though is the 2019/20 SPFL football season.