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 Recorded Webinar: COVID-19: Can You Still Enforce Your Commercial Contracts?


21 April 2020

Duration:  approx. 1 hour

The outbreak of COVID-19 has steadily progressed around the globe, disrupting industries and supply chains both domestically and abroad. With companies increasingly unable to comply with their contractual obligations, many clients will be questioning whether the force majeure clauses in their agreements will provide them with a safety net. This session examines how force majeure clauses may be interpreted in the context of a pandemic outbreak, and provides practical advice on what clients should be doing now. It covers:

  • What is a force majeure?
  • Is your force majeure clause adequate to cover a pandemic event?
    • Is a “catch-all” phrase enough?
    • What does an ‘Act of God’ mean and does it cover a pandemic?
  • When will a party be relieved of its obligations?
  • If all else fails, can the common law doctrine of frustration come to the rescue?
  • Given the closure or suspension of various courts throughout Australia, what can you do? "Self help" options under PPS and other laws
  • Key inclusions to include now in your clients’ supply contracts and other commercial agreements
  • Case law update
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Peter Mills, Special Counsel, Thynne + Macartney, Brisbane 

Peter’s area of expertise for the last 14 years has been in Personal Property Securities Act (2009) (PPS), Creditor Recoveries, and Insolvency.

Peter is a recognised expert in the PPS and its interaction with other laws and registers (including insolvency under the Corporations Act (Cth)).

Peter is admitted as a lawyer in both Australia and Papua New Guinea and regularly advises interstate and overseas clients.  His extensive client base includes controllers (voluntary administrators and liquidators), trade creditors and suppliers, accountants, SME’s, subsidiaries of domestic and international companies, and other law firms (domestic and international).

Peter regularly advises clients as to the PPS registration process and how to minimise documentation and record keeping, saving tens (sometimes hundreds) of thousands of dollars in the PPS registration process. He also advises on the recovery of assets and debts, despite liquidators being appointed, by using the PPS instead of the courts.


This webinar is suitable for lawyers practising in business law – Australia wide. This webinar is for practitioners with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.

If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: lisa@tved.net.au

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 Price:  $264.00 (Inclusive of GST)
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