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  • 23 July 2018

    Are you sure your vendor had planning permission?

    A case reported by the BBC on the 10th of May 20181 highlighted how local authorities are clamping down on individuals who build or alter a property without the necessary planning permission. Mr Naseem was subject to this when he applied for planning permission to build a home for his family, which was 76 cm too tall. Despite not obtaining permission he went ahead and built a house worth £500,000. The local authority took action against him and advised that he either demolishes the property or pays £200,000 to replace the roof. Having spent his entire budget on construction, he did not have the necessary funds to finance this.

    Are you sure your vendor had planning permission?
  • 9 July 2018

    Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

    Previously considered to be the territory of science fiction, the development of fully autonomous vehicles is progressing rapidly and with £109 million of funding invested by the Government for research1, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) could be on the road sooner than you expect.

    Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • 15 June 2018

    Cyber Risks in the Construction Industry

    With ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya and data theft from major companies such as Equifax repeatedly hitting the headlines last year, it is unsurprising that an increasing number of companies are questioning their resilience to cyber risks. While historically the construction industry has been less of a target due to the fact that the majority of construction firms’ revenue generating activities are conducted offline, changes within the industry and the increasing importance of technology means that the industry is not entirely free from cyber risk.

    Cyber Risks in the Construction Industry
  • 15 June 2018

    Managing Land Development Risks with Environmental Impairment Liability Insurance

    Landowners and developers are facing increasing pressure to deliver and develop surplus land to meet the UK’s growing housing demand and to create space for employment. Potential risks associated with contaminated land have been highlighted in a number of significant recent cases, such as the Red¬land-Crest case in 2010. Furthermore, the recent collapse of large UK construction firm Carillion will inevitably lead to questions about how future liabilities, particularly around contamination should be apportioned if a project stakeholder is no longer trading.

    Managing Land Development Risks with Environmental Impairment Liability Insurance
  • 14 June 2018

    Building Blocks Risk Insights for the UK Construction Industry

    Welcome to the first edition of Building Blocks – a brand new publication from our UK Construction division. We’ve collaborated with specialists across Gallagher to write about a range of diverse risks, and how these are relevant for stakeholders across the construction sector, from contractors and developers, through to financiers, lawyers, and local authorities.

    Building Blocks Risk Insights for the UK Construction Industry
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