Ramsay Hall: Tackling fraud in the construction sector

Following recent regulatory investigations into fake certificates for construction workers, Ramsay Hall looks at the risk of fraud for organisations in the sector and the practical steps that can be taken to mitigate risk.

Published 16 October 2019

Simon Lewis: Insolvency in the construction sector

In the past five years, insolvency rates in the construction industry have increased more quickly than in other industries across the UK. Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) lawyers Simon Lewis and Philippa Jones consider the common causes of construction insolvency and how construction firms can protect their position if insolvency occurs.

Published 9 October 2019

David Wilson: The definition of practical completion is now practically complete

David Wilson considers a case that clarifies 'practical completion'.

Published 9 October 2019

Michael Upton: Electronic Communications Code rights - who may (or must) grant them?

Advocate Michael Upton of Hastie Stable examines the issues at the centre of an English court appeal being heard this week.

Published 8 October 2019

Richard McMeeken: Benefiting business in Scotland's commercial courts

Richard McMeeken, partner at Morton Fraser, reflects on the benefits of the commercial courts system following its 25th anniversary earlier this year.

Published 8 October 2019

Malcolm Gunnyeon: New bill should avoid compelling parties to attend mediation sessions

Proposed legislation should avoid forcing parties to attend mediation information sessions, writes Malcolm Gunnyeon.

Published 7 October 2019

Rory Alexander: Council collaboration to accelerate economic growth in the Borders

On the 1st July, the Borderlands Growth Deal was officially signed and will see £394.5 million invested into projects that involve five councils in the Borders. Three of these councils are in England, and the two Scottish councils are Dumfries and Galloway and Scottish Borders. The deal encourages collaboration between the local authorities in order to boost the area’s economy.

Published 2 October 2019

James Wolffe QC: Fatal accident inquiries must become more efficient

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, writes on his desire to improve efficiencies in the Fatal Accident Inquiry system.

Published 27 September 2019

Tara Davison: New sanction for employment of counsel rules expose lacuna in the law

Edinburgh solicitor Tara Davison writes on recent Sheriff Court proceedings exposing a lacuna in the law.

Published 27 September 2019

Conor Gearty: Johnson's behaviour made the Supreme Court case about the very existence of the rule of law

Conor Gearty, professor of human rights law at LSE Department of Law, offers his initial thoughts on the historic Miller/Cherry judgment.

Published 25 September 2019

Jacqueline Cook: Build to rent – what you need to know

Jacqueline Cook explains the details of 'build to rent'.

Published 23 September 2019

Andrew Leslie: Additional red tape would add barrier to solving our national housing shortage

A BBC article published at the end of last month highlighted a recommendation made by lobbyist group Greenpeace to introduce a national agency to enforce building standards in Scotland. The organisation believes that a centralised compliance system is required to ensure building standards are met by builders. Greenpeace claims that in order to improve the efficiency of new homes and reduce carbon emissions, a higher degree of inspection and enforcement is required.

Published 19 September 2019

Greg MacDougall: Access to justice and the resolution of claims

Greg MacDougall reflects on access to justice and looks at the past, present and future of the resolution of claims in Scotland

Published 16 September 2019

Angela Grahame QC: Women continue to raise the bar

We have an old scrapbook of newspaper cuttings in the records of the Faculty of Advocates, the independent body of lawyers admitted to practise as advocates in Scottish courts. One, from 1919, about the possibility of the legal profession being opened to women, catches the eye. A representative of the Faculty pointed out that by statute every member must on admission become a member of the widows’ fund.

Published 13 September 2019