Digby Brown has pledged to work with 12 other law firms to support a new campaign which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the cancer called mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos. The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma with around 2,700 peo
The post-lockdown house-move boom has seen Scottish law firm and estate agent Lindsays defy disruption to record a rise in the number of homes sold in the past 12 months. Sales by its residential property division rose by 4.26% in the last financial year, with homes valued at a total of £177.3
Trade unionists who were imprisoned for their role in the 1972 builders' strike have been exonerated by the Court of Appeal in London nearly half a century later. The "Shrewsbury 24" were arrested five months after the strike and charged with over 200 offences including unlawful assembly, intimidati
Law firm Brodies LLP has appointed three lawyers to its planning law practice. Sarah Stewart joins Brodies as a senior associate and will be based in Aberdeen. With more than 14 years' experience, Sarah specialises in planning issues for the housebuilding sector.
A property development firm has failed to establish that it was entitled to a reconveyance of a tram line route sold to its predecessors in title that was subsequently re-acquired by the local authority that originally sold it under a compulsory purchase order.
The latest director disqualifications are a reminder to every company in the construction sector of the importance of ensuring that staff understand what conduct will expose their firm to prosecution, writes Jamie Dunne. In the last few weeks, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has sec
Andrew Little, senior associate at Burness Paull, discusses the issues surrounding adjudication enforcement. The Queensferry Crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world spanning 1.7 miles across the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh, at South Queensferry, and Fife, at North
Housebuilders in England that carry out repairs on new-build homes are asking residents to sign non-disclosure agreements, an MP has alleged. Clive Betts, MP for Sheffield South East and chairman of Parliament’s housing committee, told BBC Radio 4’s Money Box programme that the practice
A surveyor has been banned for five years after failing to provide adequate accounting records and not complying with tax obligations.
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has secured the disqualification of three company directors, after finding they broke competition law by forming a cartel in the construction industry.
Following the recent formation of the New Homes Quality Board to put the New Homes Ombudsman Service into place, a Scottish construction solicitor has urged the Board to give the Ombudsman wide regulatory powers and include consumers who instruct works to refurbish, redesign or extend their exi
Early adopters of sustainable practices, including retrofit programmes, may be better placed to reap future benefits, writes Sheelagh Cooley. In the year that Glasgow hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), UK law firm Shoosmiths joined over 120 other UK businesses committing to
Womble Bond Dickinson: Navigating delay and disruption – and a ‘groundswell of disputes’ – must be top priority for construction sector in 2021
Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the UK continues its journey as the first ever nation to exit the European Union, collaboration will continue to be key as the construction industry prepares itself for months of delay and disru
A trustee who embezzled hundreds of thousands from a charity has been ordered to pay back £700,000 in profit. Architect Ian Brash, from Wallyford, East Lothian, admitted embezzling £358,832 from the Dr Robert Malcolm Trust between August 2010 and September 2014.
A building contractor that was hired to construct an extension at a school in Ayrshire has succeeded in an action to enforce an adjudicator’s award following a dispute with the local authority.