Insights: Legal Updates - September 2014

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The new CDM regulations - what can we expect?

Gillian Birkby |

While the construction industry has been dealing with the recession (too many people, not enough work) and now the recovery from the recession (not enough people, not enough bricks) the Health and Safety Executive has been busy thinking how it might improve the CDM regulations. As a result of the recession, the HSE has suffered […]


Scotland: Currency & Constitution

Charles Proctor |

Fladgate has taken a close interest in the legal issues that will arise if Scotland becomes an independent nation. Our previous offerings on this subject include "Scotland and Independence – currency, banking and financial Issues" (April 2013) and "Scotland – a sterling nation?" (February 2014). However, the referendum date – 18 September – is now […]


Japanese Knotweed – what's the problem?

Ben Milloy |

Japanese knotweed was originally imported from Japan as an ornamental plant, admired for its attractive white flowers. The plant’s aesthetic qualities, however, have long been overshadowed by its reputation as an invasive and destructive species, which can outmuscle other vegetation and cause serious structural damage to buildings. In view of its possible impact on a […]