Lock Down - COVID-19 and Construction Contract Challenges
This article reviews potential impacts of the COVID-19 lock down on cost, time and quality issues related to the carrying out of works under construction contracts.

Jarleth Heneghan discussed the briefing below with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland on 21 April 2020

First produced on the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland website

On Friday 27 March 2020, An Taoiseach announced measures, effective from midnight on Friday 27 March until Sunday 12 April 2020, that required all persons to stay at home in all circumstances, except in certain limited situations. 

These restrictive measures on movement, which the government has set out in its guidance, have since been extended to Tuesday 5 May 2020.  It is expected that certain restrictions will continue beyond this date.  These restrictive measures are reflected in the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A -Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 and the Health Act 1947 (Section 31 A-Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 made under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020 being enforced by the Garda Síochána.

In this briefing we discuss:

  • Construction Contract Overview
  • Force Majeure
  • Impact on Cost - Change in Law 
  • Impact on Time Lines
  • Impact on Quality
  • Suspension of Works
  • Termination of Contracts
  • Frustration
  • Advice for Construction Professionals during the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Conclusion – A Collaborative Approach

Click here or on the image below to download the full briefing.




Key Contacts

Liam McCabe Partner

Bryanna Ryan Partner