COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on commercial relationships, with the measures imposed to slow the spread of the virus impacting the ability of many organisations to perform their contractual obligations. In this latest webinar of our COVID-19 webinar series, join our panel of experts as we discuss some of the different ways to manage risk in your contracts during the pandemic. We will take a detailed look at some of the legal issues that organisations are facing and discuss some practical steps that can be taken to protect your business and manage the risks presented by COVID-19, including:
• force majeure provisions – what they are (and what they aren’t);
• frustration of contracts;
• whether a change in law provision in a contract may be relevant; and
• things to think about to ensure you take the right action to limit your potential liability.
Matt Phillip, Senior Associate, Commercial Disputes
Matt is a Senior Associate with the Commercial Disputes team based in Edinburgh. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Matt has a particular interest in contractual disputes and brand protection and regularly helps clients to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights.
Alison Rochester, Senior Associate, Trade and Commerce
Alison assists clients in all sectors with their on-going business and trading requirements, both locally and internationally. Alison specialises in advising on all aspects of commercial contracts, including drafting tailored commercial agreements for the supply of goods and services (both long term agreements and standard terms and conditions), outsourcing agreements, services agreements, IT agreements, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain agreements and entry in to new markets, particularly export and import controls and sanctions.
Francis Reynolds, Solicitor, Commercial Disputes
Francis is a solicitor with the Commercial Disputes team based in London. He advises clients on a wide range of commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Francis has a particular interest in contractual disputes, professional negligence, judicial review and the development of the UK’s space sector. His work includes assisting clients from the outset of a dispute by advising on pre-action correspondence and litigation strategy.