This MWKA Online Talk was delivered on 2 April 2020 by speaker Ms Christine Toh, Partner and moderator Ms Hannah Patrick, Senior Associate. Please visit to register for upcoming talks.

OVERVIEW: The Movement Control Order (“MCO”) has forced most businesses in the construction industry to suspend their operations. According to the FAQs issued by the Ministry of Works on 18 March 2020 (updated on 24 March 2020), only construction works which fall within the definition of “critical works” may continue during the MCO. All other all construction and maintenance work have to be suspended. In Part 1 of this online talk, our speakers answered common concerns over the MCO and how contractors can best respond to the problems arising from the MCO.

TOPIC: How should Contractors in the Construction Industry manage the problems arising from the COVID-19 MCO? (Part 1)


● Force majeure – What is it and can it help?
● Frustration of contract – Does it apply?
● Extension of time (EOT) – Will I get an EOT?
● Loss and Expenses – Can I claim?
● Practical steps for contractors and sub-contractors to take during and after MCO

SPEAKER: Christine Toh, Partner
MODERATOR: Hannah Patrick, Senior Associate

A copy of the talk slides in PDF format is available for download here.

Part 1: How should Contractors in the Construction Industry manage the COVID-19 MCO?

2 April, 2020


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