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Claims across borders post-Brexit: time to re-think how you’re going to enforce your contracts

Robert McDiarmid, head of Dispute Resolution is featured in the latest edition of AGCC's Bulletin and thinks it's time to seriously look at 'arbitration'.  

When the government announced a national lockdown for the UK in March 2020 few of us had any idea of what we would be facing in both our personal and working lives. In the months that followed we all had to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances - and the processes involved in family law matters and court procedures were no exception.   Here we take a look back over the challenges of 2020 upon family law matters in detail. 

‘Retention’ in Construction Contracts - A snagging problem?

Robert McDiarmid, partner and head of Dispute Resolution, features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce and looks at an issue within the construction industry - Retentions. 

"Let’s see if we can ride out the perfect storm and achieve a ‘Build, Build, Build’ future rather than an ‘Argue, Argue, Argue (Bust)’ one."

Robert McDiarmid features in the latest edition of the Bulletin published by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. 

The focus is the construction industry and the unique circumstances of a pandemic and lockdown, which have led to contract renegotiations within the supply chain. 

Fixed fee certainty for the straight-to-point legal advice needed to get the best result possible

COVID-19 has affected every sector of business, not least the construction sector. The delay and then recommencement of construction projects is fraught with difficulties and we know this is going to give rise to serious differences between Employer and Contractor (and Contractor/Sub-Contractor), not least of which being disputed applications for extensions of time, loss and expense or potentially claims for liquidated damages.

Directors during Covid-19 : Risk? Yes ... but how much risk?

Dispute Resolution partner, Robert McDiarmid, is featured in the May/June 2020 edition of the Business Bulletin - published by Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.  

Updated 19 June 2020

At the beginning of June, the SCTS announced that Sheriff Court buildings were beginning to reopen (to court staff) in line with phase 1 the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Route Map. The court staff will, over the last few weeks, have been working hard to bring as much backlogged business up to date as possible with a view to hopefully being able to start processing new non-urgent cases (with the exception of simple procedure claims and summary cause actions for the recovery of heritable property).

Being placed on furlough leave or sadly losing employment as a result of Covid-19 could well have an impact upon separated parties who have a written agreement or court ordered arrangement in respect of alimentary obligations, whether that be child aliment or aliment for a spouse or civil partner.

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