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How changes in the law may affect the construction sector

Thursday, 28 March 2019

In an interview with the Sunday Business Post, in advance of the Construction Management Summit (taking place on Friday, 29 March 2019), ByrneWallace Employment Partner Loughlin Deegan, who will speak at the Summit, provides an overview of his talk and outlines some of the key developments in employment law which will impact upon the construction sector.

Interview with the Sunday Business Post (published on 6 March 2019):

You are speaking at the 2019 CIF Construction Management Summit. What are you speaking about?

I will be briefing the conference on recent and upcoming developments in employment law. Some aspects will be specific to the construction sector, such as potential developments in respect of the sectoral employment order. Other aspects will assess how recent and upcoming changes to the law in general might have a specific impact on the construction sector - notably proposed changes to the law distinguishing employees from contractors.

What challenges do you see for leaders in the construction sector?

There is a clear mismatch between what policy-makers expect the construction sector to do – to deliver homes, facilities and workplaces for a growing population in a growing economy – and the policy framework within which the construction sector is obliged to operate. I see that mismatch in my own field, employment law, but the challenges are even greater in other areas, such as the regulatory framework around planning and construction finance.

Where would you like to see the industry in 10 years’ time?

To be operating within a legal and policy framework that is aligned to the outputs that the country expects the sector to deliver.

To read the full interview, click here

Loughlin Deegan is speaking at the Construction Management Summit on Friday, 29 March in Croke Park. See for full details.

For legal advice on the construction sector, please contact Loughlin Deegan or any member of the ByrneWallace Construction law team