Plans for the construction of Scotland’s first spaceport have passed yet another legal hurdle after the Scottish Land Court ruled that crofters can still work on the land outside of rocket launch periods. The Land Court approved a change in land use to enable Highlands and Islands Enterprise (
Euan Pirie, partner in the specialist construction and engineering contracts advisory team at Harper Macleod LLP, looks at a solution to price uncertainty for construction materials when tendering big contracts. Prices for construction materials have gone haywire in a perfect storm of conditions whi
Eilidh Dobson and Iain Drummond comment on legal aspects of the ongoing materials shortage. It will be news to few that the construction industry is experiencing a serious shortage of key materials. The Construction Leadership Council first warned of shortages (in timber, steel, pitched roofing, pla
The specialist construction contract advisory team at Harper Macleod has helped Fife Council beat the clock to close a housing deal with Robertson Construction Group Limited for seven sites across the Kingdom. The project will see more than 260 houses built as part of the council’s Affordable
Advocate and former Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz examines the new SNP-Green deal and assess how radical an impact its commitments could have on the natural environment in Scotland. The ‘co-operation agreement’ between the SNP Scottish Government and the Scottish Green Party includes, as one
One of Scotland's leading architects has thrown his support behind a class-action lawsuit proposed by students of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) who have accused the institution of failing to provide adequate tuition during the pandemic.
Two partners at law firm Harper Macleod have been accredited as Construction Law Specialists by the Law Society of Scotland. Euan Pirie, head of the firm’s Infrastructure and Projects team, and Michael Conroy, who leads on Construction, have been recognised as being among Scotland’s lead
A Scottish conservation organisation has failed in its legal challenge against a decision of The Highland Council to grant planning permission to build a spaceport and associated facilities near Tongue. Wildland Ltd challenged the respondent’s decision to allow a planning applic
Having previously identified the high risk of financial crime in the construction sector, solicitor Ramsay Hall is now joined by colleague Paul Marshall to provide an update on recent developments. In previous updates, we identified the high risk of financial crime in the construction
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. The ongoing squeeze on construction material supplies has been he
The Sheriff Appeal Court has upheld the decision of a commercial sheriff in a contractual dispute between a housebuilder and a client in Aberdeen who held that the client was required to make an interim payment following the resignation of the firm to which payment applications required to
John Rodger, partner and property specialist at accountants Chiene + Tait, discusses the potential consequences of the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT). As the inquiry into the 2017 Grenfell fire continues, so too do financial repercussions from the tragedy which left 72 people dead.
The directors of an East Kilbride double glazing firm have been disqualified after failing to keep records to explain where £2.4 million had been spent from the company bank accounts. Hagit Fieldman, 54, and Gary Fieldman, 58, both now living in Israel, were directors of First For Wi
Calls have been made for HMP Greenock to be replaced as soon as possible after a leaking roof forced the closure of 40 cells. The prison was built in 1907 and operates at only 75 per cent capacity because of the poor condition of its buildings. A replacement, however, is still a decade away, Wendy S