UK: Legal Issues For UK Construction Businesses

Last Updated: 29 July 2019
Article by Akin Akinbode, Kirsti Olson, Mark Macaulay and Tracey Summerell

Our latest round-up of Dentons' recent articles on topics that affect UK construction businesses.

For further information on the topics below, please contact one of the team listed under "Key Contacts".

Modern Slavery

Justice for modern slavery victims

Amanda Jones and Mark Hamilton review two breakthrough modern slavery cases. In the first, a British company was ordered to pay compensation to six Lithuanian workers who had been trafficked to the UK and severely exploited. In the other, the Cardiff Crown Court sentenced four men to imprisonment for modern slavery, assault and kidnap offences.

Modern slavery law affects your company too

The Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was established to review how the Act is working in practice and to consider improvements. Its second interim report focused on section 54 which requires UK businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million to report annually on their efforts to tackle slavery in their supply chains. Akin Akinbode and Tracey Summerell consider the report's recommendations and suggest that all companies have a role to play in eliminating modern slavery – not only those to whom the Act's reporting requirements apply.

Since publication of this article in Building Magazine on 1 February 2019, the Independent Review has published its final report to which the government responded on 9 July 2019 here: response to The Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act.


In the last few months, our UK Employment team has published a variety of articles of interest to HR teams and business owners/directors alike. Links to a selection of those articles are listed below. See the Employment hub for more:


Is civil society overreaching environmental regulation?

Civil society reacts at high speed to the changing world and is increasingly driving the environmental policy agenda. Laura Mackett discusses the impact of civil society on the waste and resources sector, exploring key trends across a wide range of areas from packaging and food waste to NGO action, financial reporting, climate change litigation, modern slavery, micro-plastics, marine ecosystems and human health.


The EU Settlement Scheme and Non-EU immigration – the latest

EU, EEA or Swiss citizens and their family members can now apply, at no cost, to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after free movement ends. Jessica Pattinson explains the process.

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Our UK Planning team has published a variety of articles on planning issues and news. We list links to some of them below. For more, see the UK Planning Law Blog:

Real Estate

The current status of electronic signatures for real estate transactions

While examples of electronic signatures occur all the time in everyday life (for example, when you "sign" a handheld touch screen to confirm receipt of your delivery), we rarely (if at all) see electronic signatures used in real estate transactions. This article explores why.

Register of Beneficial Owners of Overseas Entities coming your way in 2021

Jonathan Cantor considers the House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee's recommendations on the draft Registration of Overseas Entities Bill.

Real estate and public procurement

Mark Bassett considers some important developments concerning the interface between public procurement law and property law, as explored in Faraday Development Ltd v. West Berkshire Council [2018].

Leasehold reform – three commonly asked questions

The government's proposals for reforming residential leasehold law present one of the biggest legal changes ahead for English real estate. Emma Broad reviews a few of the key proposals that stand out.

When can a guarantor guarantee an AGA?

Our Real Estate team reviews the High Court decision in Co-Operative Group Food Ltd v. A&A Shah Properties Ltd [2019] EWHC 941 (Ch). The court considered how a guarantor can validly guarantee an outgoing tenant's obligations in an authorised guarantee agreement (AGA) without falling foul of the Landlord and Tenant (Covenants) Act 1995 (the Act).


Unlocking Poland’s offshore potential

Michał Motylewski reviews the many positive changes in this area, including the European Commission's state aid decision, the Polish government's amendments to the key framework regulation on renewable energy sources and Polish energy minister's draft Energy Policy of Poland 2040.

Germany and the European Union expand scrutiny of foreign investment – considerations for the energy sector

Andreas Haak and colleagues review the significant regulatory changes to foreign direct investment screening and highlight the considerations for those involved in transactions in the energy sector.

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

The 2019 edition of Dentons Guide "Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe" provides snapshots of the industry across 20 jurisdictions in Europe and Central Asia. (Produced in cooperation with RECHARGE, the global source for renewable energy news and intelligence.)

Ongoing reforms in Uzbekistan’s energy sector

As Uzbekistan continues to undertake measures to enhance the legal and institutional framework of the country’s energy sector, Bobur Shamsiev and Eldor Mannopov summarise the key points of the Resolution “On strategy for further development and reform of the electric energy sector of the Republic of Uzbekistan” signed on 27 March 2019.


The spring 2019 edition of Dentons' UK Corporate Briefing summarises the most significant recent and forthcoming developments in company law and corporate finance regulation in the UK:

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