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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. 
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Retailers win battle over ATM business rates

21 May 2020
There has been some good news for retailers at last in these challenging trading conditions following the long awaited decision by the Supreme Court in the Cardtronics' case. Following on from the Court of Appeal decision which ruled that ATMs in supermarkets, shops and petrol stations are not separately rateable a decision which was reported to see retailers able to claim business rates rebates of an estimated £300 million the Supreme Court has now dismissed the appeal from the VOA against that earlier decision.