Construction horizon scanner
Construction horizon scanner

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction horizon scanner
  • Legislation
  • Fire safety
  • Contracts/standards
  • Dispute resolution
  • Appeal cases
  • Infrastructure and energy projects
  • Other

This horizon scanner, formerly known as the ‘Construction future developments tracker’, identifies key upcoming changes relevant to construction lawyers, including in relation to legislation, fire safety, contracts/standards, dispute resolution, appeal cases and infrastructure and energy projects.

For past events, see the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 archives.


What’s happening?When?Find out more
New Homes Ombudsman: Legislation to bring info effect a New Homes Ombudsman‘As soon as possible’A New Homes Ombudsman was announced on 24 February 2020 (see: LNB News 25/02/2020 12), following a consultation held in 2019 (see: LNB News 27/06/2019 87). The draft Building Safety Bill, published by the government on 20 July 2020, sets out the requirement for a new homes ombudsman scheme to be established and requires developers of new build homes to be part of it.
CIS: Consultation on changes to Construction Industry Scheme rulesConcludedSee: LNB News 23/03/2020 107 and News Analysis: Consultation on tackling Construction Industry Scheme abuse.
The government published its response to the consultation on 12 November 2020. See: LNB News 12/11/2020 99.
VAT reverse charge: VAT reverse charge for building and construction work comes into force1 March 2021See Practice Note: VAT—the reverse charge for building work.
This was originally due to come into force on 1 October 2019. A postponement to 1 October 2020 was announced on 6 September 2019 (see: LNB News 10/06/2019

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