Contracts and Force Majeure

The contract disputes now emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic are sure to lead to litigation in both courts and arbitral tribunals involving a wide range of businesses and industries. This litigation will raise novel issues requiring a practical guide on how companies can best position themselves to achieve favorable outcomes in COVID-19 contract disputes.


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Companies affected by the Hong Kong government’s shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic are unlikely to win business interruption insurance or force majeure claims after a record payout in the past health crisis, experts said.

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Sent or received a force majeure notice under an English law governed contract?  Here is a checklist for issues to consider in respect of the 10 most common questions we have been asked by clients.

The economic effects of COVID-19 are now being felt globally and economic disruption is likely to continue throughout much of 2020 and beyond.

The outbreak has caused many businesses to review contractual agreements and consider: (a) whether they are able to continue to perform their obligations; and (b) what the consequences of not performing will be.

As a result, many businesses are intending to send or have received “force majeure notices” – being notices sent in accordance with a contractual force majeure provision, which purport to suspend (either for a fixed period of time or indefinitely) the parties’ contractual obligations, citing COVID-19 and/or its consequences as the relevant “force majeure event”.

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