We are pleased to bring you the first edition of MacRoberts' Construction Newsletter, looking at the latest developments across the construction industry and how your business may be affected.

Retention payments have long been a hot topic for the sector, and the Scottish Government's announcement of an industry-wide consultation on the use of cash retentions in construction has been largely welcomed by businesses in the industry. Rudi Klein, CEO of Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group, looks at who will win the race to protect cash retentions - Scotland or England?

In addition, following indications in a recent report that the "human cost" of faulty electrical work is around £120m per year, we are pleased to hear the latest from SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson on the campaign to make it illegal for anyone who is unqualified to call themselves an electrician in Scotland.

We also look at the latest legal developments, including Lord Doherty's landmark decision in relation to severance in Scottish adjudications, new domestic reverse charge rules and the Appeal Court's ruling on the use of "milestone" payments in contracts, which provides some useful guidance for contractors.

We hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and we welcome any feedback or suggestions from you on topics to cover in the future. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team with any comments you may have.

Click here to read our January 2020 Construction Newsletter