ECA urges businesses to avoid COVID-19 disputes
ECA CEO Steve Bratt spoke in the Financial Times this week, and urged businesses to avoid damaging contractual disputes over COVID-19.
Steve Bratt, who is an active member of the CLC Coronavirus Task Force, said that the construction, infrastructure and facilities management sector had hundreds of thousands of small businesses linked by complex supply chains.
“We have been encouraging people to look at the bigger picture and encourage fair contractual behaviour rather than give someone else the problem,” he said. “Reputation is also an issue as when the crisis is over people will have long memories about who has behaved well.”
This view was reflected in new guidance from the Cabinet Office, which has urged groups to act reasonably in enforcing contracts, in light of growing concerns the COVID-19 crisis will cause a spike in lawsuits and create a backlog in the civil courts.