COVID-19, Contractual Obligations & Force Majeure

Canada is facing an unprecedented economic slowdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As borders close, businesses shutter, and supply chains are disrupted, many lawyers are fielding daily, sometimes hourly, calls from anxious clients unable to fulfil their contractual obligations. From commercial leases to manufacturing targets to service agreements, businesses and individuals are all asking the same questions. Can I rely on the Force Majeure provision in my contract to excuse performance? What if my contract doesn’t have a Force Majeure clause? In this timely, highly practical webinar, experienced commercial litigator Heather Devine explains Force Majeure as a contractual tool, and the availability of the common law doctrine of frustration where no Force Majeure language exists. Don’t miss this important refresher on the defences of Force Majeure and frustration, with discussion of specific COVID-19 related considerations.

Live webinar with chat includes 60 day replay. This program features real-time audio of the presenter with synchronized presentation slides, and a chat feature that allows for live Q & A.