Unexpected cancellations of live events are leading us to brush away the cobwebs of those seldom-revisited parts of our contracts to see who's responsible for what. The 'force majeure' clause (ideally) sets out what happens when an event beyond your control stops you from performing your contractual obligations. My colleague Nick Breen explores these provisions in greater detail here.
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Live event cancellation: what does your contract say?
The basic concept of the provision is that a party to a contract will not be liable for a delay in performance or non-performance of its obligations where such delay or failure is caused by a “force majeure” event.