On 7 May 2020, the Cabinet Office released ‘Guidance on responsible contractual behaviour in the performance and enforcement of contracts impacted by the Covid-19 emergency’. This non-statutory guidance encourages ‘responsible and fair behaviour’ by all parties where the performance of contracts is materially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Fern Schofield has produced a short note.
On 13 May 2020, the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 came into force, signaling a start to the tentative easing of the “lockdown” promised by the Prime Minister in his speech on 10 May 2020. In particular from the point of view of the property industry, measures were introduced to try to kick-start the housing market, so often a barometer of economic health. Gary Cowen QC and Camilla Chorfi discuss in the following article.