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As the UK begins to tackle the challenges caused by the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, Walker Morris has received a number of enquiries from landlord and tenant clients as to how this may affect their property arrangements and obligations. It is now clear the outbreak will significantly disrupt the market. We have already seen the challenges […]

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Due to the measures taken by the Austrian government in connection with the outbreak of the corona virus which has now affected Austria (e.g. home quarantine, cancellation of events, closure of shops/restaurants), liquidity shortages and payment difficulties for businesses seem more likely. Accordingly, the Austrian Ministry of Finance has taken the following measures: Taxpayers who […]

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Stephenson Harwood is being put on hold by first time client Nationwide over its plan to sue Barclays. The firm had been fighting Nationwide’s corner in a dispute over Barclays’ proposed £1 charge to non-customers for use of its cashpoint, which the bank plans to introduce next month. Nationwide gave Barclays until 23 September to […]

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