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COVID-19: A Comparison of the Issues Affecting Performance under English and Qatari Law

Firm Memoranda

The COVID-19 crisis has set in train a cascade of events that will impede, delay or prevent performance of many contracts in the coming months, including potentially contracts in the State of Qatar.

Businesses are likely to face pressure from many directions: shortages of materials, shortages of staff and labour, limitations on the movement of personnel, restrictions on conducting operations, other legislative and administrative actions, and the insolvency of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, to give only a few examples. Through no fault of their own, many will find themselves in a position where it is impractical to perform some or all of their contractual obligations and where they will be forced to seek, by whatever means they can, temporary or permanent relief from performance.

In Qatar, it is common for contracts to be governed by either the laws of the State of Qatar or English law. In this article we consider and compare the legal options that may be available to businesses as a result of the COVID-19 crisis under both English and Qatari law.

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If you have any questions about the issues addressed in this memorandum, or if you would like a copy of any of the materials mentioned in it, please do not hesitate to reach out to:

James Bremen
Email: jamesbremen@quinnemanuel.com
Phone: +44 (0) 7717 341058

Paul Bradley
Email: paulbradley@quinnemanuel.com

Brittney Nash
Email: brittneynash@quinnemanuel.com

Jackson Dixon-Best
Email: jacksondixonbest@quinnemanuel.com