New COVID-19 podcast – Force majeure considerations in a potential second wave of COVID-19

In this latest episode of our Navigating COVID-19 podcast series, Sarah Pollock, Emma Schaafsma and Julie Farley consider the force majeure implications of a potential second wave of COVID-19 infections and the resulting re-imposition or tightening of lockdown measures. Many contracting parties have already been affected by force majeure events arising out of the pandemic and the associated restrictions.  … Read more

Article published – Directors’ duties in a COVID-19 world

With a global pandemic causing unprecedented uncertainty for businesses, it has never been more difficult for the directors of UK companies fully to discharge their duties – and the risks when they do not do so have never been higher. Members of our contentious and non-contentious UK Restructuring, Turnaround and Insolvency team have considered the … Read more

Our new publication – COVID-19: Force majeure: A global perspective

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many commercial parties to review their contractual arrangements and consider whether there are any grounds on which they may seek to delay or avoid performance (or liability for non-performance), or suspend or terminate their contracts. Force majeure clauses are intended to address circumstances in which a supervening event has prevented … Read more

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Supply chain difficulties – new global guide including section on suspension and termination of contracts

Herbert Smith Freehills has published a new global guide on supply chain difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. The guide explores issues around: maintaining the links in the supply chain; competition law issues; product-related issues; and the suspension and termination of contracts. In each area, the guide suggests practical steps to consider … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 2: The impact of COVID-19

In this second episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on commercial litigation in the English courts including: the move to remote hearings; other ways in which the litigation process has been affected; and the sorts of commercial disputes the crisis is likely to … Read more

COVID-19 Pressure Points: Impact of COVID-19 on class actions (UK)

As well as the human cost of COVID-19, the pandemic has led to unprecedented disruption to both daily life and business activity on a global scale. With seemingly no industry or sector immune from the commercial and economic effects of the outbreak, businesses are facing huge challenges on a day-to-day basis. First and foremost is … Read more