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COVID-19 Implications for Construction Contracts (on-demand)

The Hon Peter Vickery QC discusses the contractual implications of COVID-19 for the construction industry. He examines two legal principles: the doctrine of frustration of a contract, and the principles relating to contractual terms which introduce force majeure.

About this course

In this online on-demand course, the Hon Peter Vickery QC will discuss:

The doctrine of frustration

  • Strict liability for contractual obligations – Paradine v Jane [1647] EWHC KB J5
  • Taylor v Caldwell [1863] EWHC QB J1 – modern doctrine of frustration
  • Davis Contractors Limited v Fareham Urban District Council [1956] AC 969 and Codelfa Construction Pty Ltd v State Rail Authority of NSW (1982) 149 CLR 337
  • The principles of the modern law of frustration
  • Events arising from COVID-19 that could enliven the doctrine of frustration.

Force majeure

  • What a force majeure clause does and how it works
  • A common force majeure clause and its deficiency in terms of accommodating the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Practical steps to ameliorate potentially damaging effects of COVID-19 on the construction industry in relation to force majeure.


1 CPD unit (one unit per hour)

Course structure

This course consists of a one-hour video recording of a lecture by the Hon Peter Vickery QC, together with reference resources.

Learning outcomes

This course will assist participants to:

  • Understand the background and content of frustration and force majeure provisions in construction contracts
  • Identify strategies in response to issues arising from frustration and force majeure in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Advise clients regarding contractual drafting and administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number in your UTS Open Profile (under ‘A bit about you’).

When signing up for the Session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your Cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for:

  • General practitioners

  • Corporate lawyers and in house counsel

  • Building and construction lawyers

  • Construction managers and quantity surveyors.




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Meet the Expert

Honourable Peter Vickery QC

Honourable Peter Vickery QC

The Honourable Peter Vickery QC has a LLB from the University of Melbourne and a LLM from Kings College, University of London. He was admitted to practice in 1973, commenced practice as a Barrister in 1978 and appointed QC in 1995. He was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2008 until 2018, having established and managed the Technology, Engineering and Construction List. He is the inaugural Patron of the Society of Construction Law (AU)and has over 40 years’ experience in arbitration and litigation in complex construction and commercial cases.

Peter now works as an arbitrator, court-appointed referee, DRB panellist, mediator, ENE evaluator, and provides expert determinations, specialising in commercial, technology, engineering, construction and IP disputes, joining UTS Law in 2019. In 2020, he became a founding member of Underground Works Chambers. His focus as a judge in litigation and in alternative dispute resolution, has been and is, to produce a binding outcome in the most efficient manner possible to minimise cost and delay.

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Expert: Honourable Peter Vickery QC
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  • Online
  • 1 session, 1 hour total

Note: Course content recorded April 2020

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