Covid-19 Legal Surgery: Wedding Contracts

In the first of our series ‘Covid-19 Legal Surgery’ we focus on wedding cancellations. It’s becoming more and more the norm to see stories like these hitting the headlines, brides and grooms across the country in battles with wedding venues charging thousands of pounds in cancellation and postponement fees for weddings that can’t go ahead due to Covid-19 lockdown. Is that even legal? Our senior partner, Richard Cramer, gives an insight into his first hand experience of dealing with such matters when he was faced with the cancellation of his eldest daughter’s wedding which was due to take place on 29 March 2020. “What I was able to do through legal knowledge and skill was achieve an overall satisfactory outcome resulting in all contracts being rolled over to a postponed wedding later in the year.” It goes without saying that wedding contracts and wedding insurance policies need to be carefully analysed. One wrong move could leave you in a much worse position with little recourse. It’s important to remember that it’s not just venue contracts but also associated suppliers whether it’s caterers, photographers, band, florists, make-up artist and hairdressers, hotel bookings and of course travel arrangements for guests and the like. Each contract will need careful examination on the terms that it was entered into. Litigation is always the last resort, we actively encourage ADR to bring about a satisfactory resolution, more so in these testing times. We are happy to provide an initial advice on a fixed fee of £85 plus VAT to cover one hours’ worth of work dealing purely with the contractual issues. Simply call Richard on 07850 943 892 or email [email protected]. In line with our commitment to you, dependent on the advice, we again would be looking towards a fixed fee arrangement in order to raise issues with the wedding suppliers/wedding insurer. __________________________________________________ Front Row Legal are a boutique law firm that specialises in Sport, Media and Business Law in England and Wales. They have specialist knowledge in these areas of law, which means they can help where many law firms won’t have the experience. They are based in Leeds with a national client base.    

Published April 27, 2020

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