Force majeure clause

The following Commercial precedent provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Definition—Force Majeure (short form)
  • Definition—Force Majeure (long form)
  • Short form force majeure clause—suspension of contract

Coronavirus (COVID-19): In addition to the below content on force majeure generally, see also:

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit—Contracts

  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and contractual obligations—checklist

together with the Q&As (in the related content pod on the right hand side) for specific guidance on the issues to consider if your contract is impacted by coronavirus.

Definition—Force Majeure (short form)

Force Majeure

  1. means an event or sequence of events beyond a party’s reasonable control preventing or delaying it from performing its obligations under this Agreement. [Insert circumstance not constituting force majeure eg Inability to pay] is not Force Majeure.

Definition—Force Majeure (long form)

Force Majeure

  1. means any event or sequence of events beyond a party’s reasonable control[ and that could not have been reasonably anticipated or avoided] and which prevents it from, or delays it in, performing its obligations under this Agreement including, but not limited to, (a) an act of God, fire, flood, drought, earthquake, windstorm or other natural disaster; (b) an act of any sovereign including war (or threat of, or preparation for war), armed conflict (or threat of, or preparation for, armed conflict), invasion, act of foreign enemies, hostilities (

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