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Latest Dispute resolution articles

  • Asylum seekers' case puts recovery of possession of property in the spotlight

    Asylum seekers' case puts recovery of possession of property in the spotlight

    Housing issues are more topical than ever, featuring regularly in the media. In Scotland, private residential tenancies also created, partly to provide additional security of tenure to tenants. This includes the abolition of the no-fault procedure for seeking recovery of a property. A recent set of cases in England, relating to asylum seekers' housing rights, touches on important points regarding when landlords can gain entry to a property.

  • 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.

  • What happens when building projects go wrong?

    What happens when building projects go wrong?

    Building projects always start out with the parties' best of intentions to keep to budget and programme; however, as anyone who has seen an episode of Grand Designs will know, it seems almost inevitable that no matter how meticulously planned a project may be matters will arise which will impact upon the costs and time allocated for the works.