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Latest articles from Michael Conroy

  • Coronavirus: update on the status of Scottish Government guidance for the Scottish Construction Sector

    Coronavirus: update on the status of Scottish Government guidance for the Scottish Construction Sector

    The Scottish Government has published more detail on its policy that non-essential construction sites in Scotland should close in response to the coronavirus pandemic: Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction sector guidance. While the guidance remains non-binding advice for the time being, the Scottish Government does have sufficient regulation and direction-making powers to close construction sites or prevent access to them if this advice is not complied with.

  • Covid-19 Construction Update: Impact on NEC Contracts

    Covid-19 Construction Update: Impact on NEC Contracts

    The Scottish Government and a newly established body of representatives for the construction industry – the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum – have advised that all non-essential building sites in Scotland should close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. What does this mean for building projects that are governed by the NEC suite of contracts?

  • Covid-19 Construction Update: Impact on JCT/SBCC Contracts

    Covid-19 Construction Update: Impact on JCT/SBCC Contracts

    The Scottish Government and a newly established body of representatives for the construction industry – the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum – have advised that all non-essential building sites in Scotland should close in response to the coronavirus pandemic. What does this mean for building projects that are governed by the JCT/SBCC suite of contracts?

  • The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    The meaning of Practical Completion – some definition by the courts

    If the trigger for the sale or lease of a newly constructed development is its 'practical completion', just how complete does it actually have to be? A decision of the Technology and Construction Court, recently upheld by the English Court of Appeal, provides some helpful definition of a key but generally undefined term used in construction contracts.