With the continuing rise in the number of cases of novel coronavirus worldwide, in addition to obvious implications of the outbreak for individuals, businesses are likely to be exposed to a heightened risk of legal implications arising across their supply chain.

In this briefing, Natasha Johnson, Robert Moore and Yasmin Mitha consider the scope for parties to rely on coronavirus as a basis to delay and/or avoid their contractual obligations, or terminate their contracts, under English law. For further information and publications, see our hub page on navigating the COVID-19 outbreak.