Force majeure and frustration

Available from: 27/06/2022

Force majeure clauses often languish unnoticed in the boilerplate section of a contract until something goes wrong, at which point they are considered in minute detail in the hope of being relied upon. Frustration is a little-known common law doctrine that can be used in specific circumstances.

Covid 19 has led to a renewed interest in these issues and this webinar looks at the most important aspects of force majeure clauses as well as the circumstances in which frustration may apply.  Topics include:

Force Majeure

  • defining force majeure events – the less detail the better?
  • causation requirement
  • prevention and mitigation obligations
  • notification and termination
  • application of the Braganza duty
  • summary of relevant case law
  • European Professional Club Rugby v RDA Television [2022] EWHC 50 (Comm)
  • Dwyer Franchising v Fredbar Ltd (Mr. Bartlett) [2021] EWHC 1218 (Ch)


  • relationship with force majeure clauses
  • frustration by supervening illegality
  • frustration of common purpose
  • partial frustration
  • summary of relevant case law
  • Salam Air v Latam Airlines [2020] EWHC 2414 (Comm)
  • Bank of New York Mellon v Cine-UK [2021] EWHC 1013


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Non members:  £159.00

Sole practitioner:  £80.00

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