In a week when, across the Atlantic, the unexpected happened, it was reassuring to find that some certainties remain. In Edinburgh’s city centre it was business as usual, as leading players from the property industry gathered at Property 2016, an event now in its 17th year, which delivered as predicted a stellar speaker line up and much to discuss.

In his opening address, Shepherd and Wedderburn planning partner and conference chair, Colin Innes, light-heartedly surfaced a few of the opportunities arising from the Trump electoral victory that might be available to the enterprising lawyer.

“Draining the swamp in Washington DC,” for instance, “would undoubtedly require an environmental impact assessment”. And on the question of ‘building a wall’ and ‘who is going to pay for it’, Innes suggested a public/private initiative as the way to go.

Sticking with a political undercurrent, lead economist at Barbour ABI, Michael Dall, charted the health of the UK economy and the construction sector following the Brexit vote, concluding that post referendum data showed that the industry remains resilient.


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