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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’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.


Bob Kidby

Lovells real estate chief lines up post-retirement role with Welbeck Land

Lovells real estate head Bob Kidby has been appointed as a non-executive director at property developer Welbeck Land ahead of his retirement from Lovells next year. Bob Kidby Welbeck has been a client of Kidby for some 20 years and when he leaves Lovells in April 2010 he will assume an executive role at the […]


BLG tight-lipped on fee-earner redundancies as 49 staff enter consultation

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has launched a redundancy consultation with 49 staff  and an undisclosed number of fee earners. It comes just weeks after the firm offered half of its September trainee intake £2,500 to defer for six months. In a statement chief executive Clint Evans said: “This is not only a response to […]

Lovells reaps rewards of poor pound as rivals toil

The first financial results from firms in the top 10 have started trickling out, with the massive impact of sterling’s decline against the euro and the dollar helping bolster Lovells’ 2008-09 revenue figure. Ashurst and Eversheds have also posted their results, with the former reporting a drop in revenue of 7 per cent, while the latter’s turnover […]

Clifford Chance global litigation chief quits firm

Clifford Chance’s global head of litigation Mark Kirsch has left the magic circle firm in the midst of the global partnership restructuring. The magic circle firm is reshaping its US litigation practice to focus on regulatory matters, investigations and white collar crime, commercial litigation, antitrust and arbitration. The practice will also focus mainly on cross […]

Jones Day scores seven-strong team from Kirkland

Jones Day has boosted its US restructuring practice with the hire of a seven-lawyer team from Kirkland & Ellis. The US firm has recruited Kirkland’s Los Angeles restructuring head Richard Wynne and partner Bennet Spiegel as well as counsels Lori Sinanyan and Erin Brady for its LA office. Jones Day has also hired three associates […]

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