One of the many consequences of the coronavirus lockdown in 2020 has been felt by residential conveyancers whose clients had exchanged contracts and could not complete the transaction as originally agreed. Moving house where reasonably necessary was one of the reasonable excuses contained in the coronavirus regulations for someone being able to leave the place they were living. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government issued advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak. The overarching objective of the guidance was to protect public health and maintain social distancing measures by preventing people coming into contact with each other as much as possible. The stage of the transaction where this is most problematic is on completion …
Russell Hewitson, ‘Force majeure, frustration and contracts’  Conveyancer and Property Lawyer (2) 116-123.