Coronavirus: how safe is your supply chain?

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John Warchus, a partner at Moore Blatch LLP, discusses the legal ins and outs of COVID-19

As coronavirus quickly develops from a local to a global threat with tragic human losses, there are also increasing commercial concerns in relation to the ability of parties to perform contracts. In particular, the coronavirus outbreak is an illustration of the legal principles of force majeure and frustration which can, in the correct circumstances, excuse a party’s non-performance and/or lead to the early termination of a contract. So, does the coronavirus constitute force majeure or a frustrating event which will protect the affected party from a claim for damages?

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