The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has estimated that the jobs of 176,500 EU Nationals (8% of the UK construction workforce) could be under threat if Brexit removes their right to live and work in the UK.
Whether this negative outcome occurs or not may be a matter of opinion for now, but whatever happens the issue is already creating considerable uncertainty for those assessing risk in forthcoming construction and infrastructure projects.
The availability of labour for smaller scale projects is likely to be more acute, as £billion infrastructure developments syphon off skilled professionals and tradespeople with the prospect of secure, lucrative, long-term employment.
At our forthcoming seminar Lamb Chambers Barrister David Sawtell will be discussing the approaches one can take during the procurement and pre-construction phases to help mitigate these and other risks created by Brexit in property development and construction.
The seminar will take place at Middle Temple Hall, EC4Y 9BT on Tuesday 2 May and will feature speakers including Antonio Bueno QC, Barbara Zeitler, David Sawtell, Oliver Hyams and Shadow Minister of Housing, Andy Slaughter MP.
Vincent Denham / 30th Mar 2017
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