As the Government steps up its national action in the wake of the coronavirus threat, a growing number of events are being cancelled

13 March 2020
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As the coronavirus outbreak intensifies, we've been advising clients on the legal implications of events either being called off, or postponed

So, if you are an event organiser, a venue where a booked event has been affected, or due to attend an affected event, what should you do and where do you stand legally?

  • With the situation and government advice developing on a day-by-day basis, the timing of any steps that you take could have a big impact on your legal rights and obligations;
  • If you are an event organiser, particular care needs to be taken before any information is communicated to attendees;
  • Who is responsible for the costs associated with a cancellation or postponement? This will to a large extent depend on the particular terms and conditions in each individual case.

Wilkin Chapman corporate & commercial solicitor, Jonathan Mackinder, said: “The decision to cancel or postpone an event is never taken lightly and will likely have implications for all involved.

"We are in and facing a period of exceptional circumstances and in such situations we must all respond to government advice appropriately and in doing so act responsibly.”


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