Can Force Majeure and Frustration be of Avail to Avoid Contractual Obligations due to COVID-19 Pandemic?

8 Jul 2020 - Wed / 1 day / 10:30am - 11:30am / CPD Live session on Zoom

This CPD Live session explores two contractual latitudes that may provide some recourse and relief to contracting parties, namely the force majeure clause and the doctrine of frustration.

Law Student: RM 0
Member: RM 0
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 0
Non-Member: RM 60
Pupil in Chambers: RM 0
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD Points: 1
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This CPD Live Session carries 1 CPD point.

It is free of charge for Members of the Bar, pupils in chambers, and law students, but advance registration is required. The registration fee for non-members is RM60.

Upon successful registration, a link to the CPD Live Session will be emailed to registered participants only. Registration will close at 3:00 pm, on 6 July 2020 (Monday).

No additional registration will be accepted once the closing date has passed, or if the CPD Live Session is full.

The CPD Department may not permit future registration if you fail to attend a CPD Live Session after registering, unless you provide an acceptable and valid reason(s).

Since the declaration of the coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) on 11 Mar 2020 and the subsequent Movement Control Order (“MCO”) enforced by the Government, many common business owners have been pondering on the tough times ahead in fulfilling their contractual obligations and/or contractual covenants.

Due to this dislocation of their businesses, they risk breaching contracts that they have executed with the repercussions of being sued in court, and facing the consequences of being adjudged bankrupt or winding up their companies. This will be a situation that contracting parties will attempt to avoid as it will have a serious impact on commercial arrangements.

This CPD Live session will express the views of the speaker during these times and explore two contractual latitudes that may provide some recourse and relief to contracting parties, namely the force majeure clause and the doctrine of frustration.

CPD Live is an initiative by the Bar Council during the Movement Control Order, so that Members and pupils are not deprived of continuous learning during these times.

Come join CPD Live at the comfort of your own home!


Ranjan Datuk N Chandran graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2nd Class Upper Honours) degree from University of London in 1994 and completed the Certificate of Legal Practice in 1995. He was admitted to the High Court of Malaya in 1996 and has been in practice for 25 years. He had his own practice under the name of Ranjan Chitravathy & Nik for 16 years from 1999 to 2015.

In 2016, he joined the firm Hakem Arabi & Associates as a partner. He appears frequently as counsel in the Appellate Courts and the High Courts. He has a passion for writing articles and has had many of his articles published in law journals on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”), mediation, section 176 Scheme of Arrangement of the Companies Act 1965, judicial management, as well as articles on the proposed COVID-19 Act of Parliament and this webinar on force majeure and frustration.

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The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.


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