Legal issues for UK construction businesses, Winter 2021


Our latest round-up of articles on recent issues and news affecting UK construction businesses.
  • Construction law
  • Climate change and achieving net zero
  • Dispute resolution
  • Issues for commercial and HR directors
  • Real estate and planning law
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19), the "New Dynamic" and post-Brexit issues
Construction law

Legislation updates

Our regular round-ups of new and proposed legislation affecting the construction industry are published as the "State of Play" column in Construction Law. Recent editions include: Parts of the above were published by Construction Law as the State of Play tables numbers: 264 (1 November 2021); 263 (1 October 2021); and 262 (3 August 2021) respectively.

Choice of English law

Mark Macaulay discusses the Choice of English law for international construction contracts in a recent article for Construction Law.

Building safety 

 The change in approach to building safety must start now (first published in Construction Law).
Climate change and achieving net zero

Achieving net zero and other ESG considerations

Our new webpage, Achieving Net Zero, UK Construction Focus, was launched before the COP26 conference in Glasgow. It contains a range of informative materials to help construction businesses better understand the global, UK and UK construction industry approach to achieving net zero in the face of climate change. Articles include: See also Reflections on Glasgow COP26


Housebuilding's crucial role in achieving net zero: the Future Homes Delivery Plan (first published in Construction Law). 


Our "interview" appeared in The Times Scotland here: Construction industry building a framework for net zero target.

Energy sector 

Dentons' Energy team publishes articles on a wide range of energy issues on the Dentons Global Energy Blog. Recent articles include:
Dispute resolution

ADR focus

The following articles were first published in the ADR column in the Construction Law magazine:

Expert evidence

Michael Wright and Millie Leonard gave their views on How can the solicitor assist in safeguarding expert evidence? (As published in the October issue of the Expert Witness Journal (see page 98)).

Climate change litigation

Climate Change Litigation risks for UK companies
Issues for commercial and HR directors

Employment law immigration and health and safety

Updates on employment, benefits, pensions and immigration are published on our UK People Reward and Mobility Hub. Recent articles include: For more articles or to sign up to our Employment team's blog, click here.
Real estate and planning law

Rent arrears 

Rent arrears in the COVID era: how the pandemic has impacted the landlord tenant relationship
Coronavirus (COVID-19), the "New Dynamic" and post-Brexit issues

Dentons' COVID-19 hub

Dentons' COVID-19 (Coronavirus) hub is a valuable source of information relating to COVID-19 and includes a knowledge bank, sector hub and insights, webinar hub and some useful links as well as a country-specific search facility and sector-specific resources such as the Real Estate & Construction Hub.

The hub also provides access to our COVID-19 Pro Bono hub containing legal resources to support charities, NGOs and other not-for-profit organisations globally, and our various multi-country COVID-19 comparison tools (see problem-solve a wide variety of COVID-19 related challenges). 

Supporting your business in the New Dynamic and ESG

There is no new normal for any organisation for the foreseeable future. We provide tools and insights to help address this "New Dynamic" here, on our New Dynamic Hub, as well as the latest global legal news and guidance on progressing a digital strategy at this time and quick pivots to consider. New material includes resources on Leading your in-house legal team.

Post-Brexit issues

For articles on issues arising following the UK's exit from the EU, visit our website: Recent articles include: The fate of post-Brexit jurisdiction clauses.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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