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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.


FFW plans associate bonus as part of firmwide growth drive

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) is considering implementing its first-ever associate bonus scheme after holding a two-day partnership meeting to look at growth plans. Managing partner Moira Gilmour said: “We don’t have an assistants’ bonus scheme at the moment, but it’s something we’re looking at very closely. It’s almost inevitable.” Gilmour said the bonus structure had […]

Diageo appoints new US GC

Diageo has filled the vacant North American general counsel role, replacing Wally Martinez who quit the company to become managing partner of Hunton & Williams. Diageo has appointed Kellye Walker, who joins from BJ’s Wholesale Club, a $7bn wholesale club chain operating 170 clubs in 16 states across the US. Walker will report to Diageo’s […]

Adviser surpriser

K&L Gates (full name Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis, in case you were wondering) opened the doors of its new Berlin office this morning. The latest chapter in the unfolding story of this fast-growing US firm comes courtesy of a bunch of lawyers from Taylor Wessing, who jumped ship late last year, as first […]

Reed Smith Richards Butler completes merger

The transatlantic merger of Richards Butler and US firm Reed Smith went live yesterday to create Reed Smith Richards Butler. The two firms started trading together yesterday despite a number of their staff remaining at home to enjoy New Year’s Day. UK managing partner Tim Foster told The Lawyer: “Effectively, we’re trading under the new […]

Five quit Linklaters to launch Romanian boutique

Linklaters Romania office has suffered a setback following the defection of five lawyers to launch their own independent firm in the country’s capital, Bucharest. The move was spearheaded by Romanian managing associate and office banking and finance department coordinator Adrian Bulboaca, who becomes managing partner of the new firm, Bulboaca & Asociatii. Along with Bulboaca, […]

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