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An Appeal Court decision has set a costly precedent for local authorities over damage caused by trees, says Roger Pearson The recent dry summers have played havoc with the foundations of properties throughout the UK and subsidence has become common. Home-owners have learned to their cost that trees, which they may have been told posed […]

In brief: Construction head switches firms

Bell & Scott’s head of construction switched firms this month to concentrate on private finance initiatives (PFIs). Ross Campbell left the Edinburgh firm to single-handedly run the construction department at neighbouring Tods Murray. Campbell said: “I wanted to specialise in PFI as it is an active and rapidly growing field of law. This is an […]

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