Following our briefing note earlier this week, we have now received further helpful guidance from The Greffe.

Effectively, the Contract Court is now closed, since routine conveyancing matters are not considered to be essential and public health measures take precedence.

The Contract Court will, however, still operate in the most exceptional of circumstances, but only then on a specific and reasoned application being made, and being approved by a nominated Jurat.

The upshot of that is if any transactions are scheduled to complete in the coming weeks, then contracts should be varied by agreement. 

In our first lockdown, it was usual for Covid clauses to be inserted into contracts, the effect of which was to allow for extensions to completion dates if necessary.  It is very likely these clauses will now be used again.

Author Alastair Hargreaves Advocate & Managing Partner
Author Anna Douglass Solicitor & Counsel