At Royds Withy King we are still able to serve all your legal needs during the Coronavirus pandemic. Find out more.

Search articles

Bat boxes and boreholes – how a wildlife survey blocked a housing development

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

In a case keenly watched by the agricultural sector, a planned housing development on a farm in south Wales may not be able to proceed due to the developer being unable to undertake wildlife surveys. A ruling that has significant implications for both landowners and agricultural tenants.

Read more

The Government’s plan to rebuild post-coronavirus: a highway to recovery?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

Is the Government’s announcement of support for infrastructure a boon for the construction sector, or does it have the potential to create a two-tier industry?

Read more

Adjudication and insolvency – has the landscape just shifted?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Associate

In a recent decision (Bresco Services Limited v Michael J Lonsdale [2020] UKSC 25) the Supreme Court has held that an insolvent company retains the right to refer a dispute to adjudication, and only in ‘very exceptional circumstances’ should the court restrain the exercise of that right.

Read more

How the construction industry can plot a road to recovery: Restart, Reset and Reinvent

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner
Contributing authors: Elizabeth Painter

The UK construction industry has shown its metal in a time of crisis over the last few months by pulling together and working cohesively to achieve common goals.

Read more

The construction industry and Coronavirus – what’s next?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

Although the construction sector is amongst those for which the UK Government has this week released return to work guidelines, it is an industry where the concept of social distancing and lockdown was ambiguously applied. So what do the new guidelines actually mean, and will they change anything?

Read more

Budget uncertainty paves the way for construction investment delay

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

At this stage before a budget, we normally have a fair idea of what might be in store. Bearing in mind the unexpected recent resignation of the Chancellor just weeks beforehand, the impact of the Heathrow ruling on the government publishing the National Infrastructure Strategy, and the unpredictable economic outlook following fears of the spread of coronavirus, this is not an ordinary time for a budget.

Read more

What’s best for landowners? A promotion or option agreement – it’s just like apples and pears

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

Home

A question frequently asked by landowners is what is the difference between an option agreement and a promotion agreement? And which should they enter into?

Read more

Election 2019: Key outtakes for the construction industry

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner
Contributing authors: Andrew Kuemmerle

Construction site

With the outcome of yesterday’s general election now resoundingly clear, the incoming government needs to recognise the crucial role the construction and energy sectors will have to play in driving the UK’s economic growth, and in improving standards of living in the years ahead. Issues such as housing, infrastructure and climate change will need to feature highly on the list of the government’s priorities.

Read more

Construction cost certainty: the elusive mythical beast?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

EDF announced this week that the estimated completion costs for the Hinkley Point C project have now spiralled again to between £21.5 billion and £22.5 billion.

Read more

The elephant in the (marginally smaller) room

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

Mears Limited v Costplan Services (South East) Limited & Others [2019] EWCA Civ 502

Read more

Has Spurs’ decision to use construction management been an own goal?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner

Catherine Welch construction

When a football club is aiming to win a league title, it employs individual players to form a team. The club signs contracts with the players, and pays each player as per their own contract terms. The club takes responsibility for the outcome of the season, and for the individual player performances along the way. The club also employs a manager to direct and enthuse the team to work towards the same goal; winning games at each stage to ultimately lift the trophy at the end of the season, and for the club to win the league title.

Read more

Here we snow again – was the construction industry prepared for the weather?

Author headshot imagePosted by , Partner
Contributing authors: Elizabeth Painter

snow construction

Less than 12 months ago, large areas of the country were affected by snow, and the consequences for many construction projects carried on long after the snow had melted.

Read more

Search articles