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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.


Metzger rejoins Couderts in NY

Coudert Brothers’ former London managing partner has rejoined the firm after four “roller coaster” years at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Barry Metzger now works at Couderts’ New York office in the international finance department after taking a leave of absence in 1994 to become general counsel at the ADB in Manila. Metzger says: “For […]

Fraud proposals get mixed reception

Top City crime lawyers have attacked a Law Commission proposal to remove the need to prove dishonesty in deception cases. As predicted in The Lawyer (5 April), the commission’s consultation paper proposes sweeping changes to the fraud laws in the light of new technology Although most proposals are welcomed – particularly those suggesting a tightening […]

In brief: Norton Rose

Norton Rose is to spend £2.3m on global hardware and maintenance to be supplied by Unisys. The overhaul of its information technology systems will begin in May and should be completed by the end of September. It is replacing all computers with Dell machines and upgrading its systems, including information management. John Copley, head of […]

Scuffle of the week

Lord Irvine is discovering that attack is not always the best form of defence. Furious at the Law Society’s high-profile national newspaper campaign against legal aid, Lord Irvine accused the society of “irresponsible scare mongering” and spreading lies. The result? An even higher-profile Law Society campaign with nearly every national newspaper running articles about the […]


Garretts head of property Keith Barnett acted for Warner Estate in its recent acquisition of a u30m retail development site in Watford which was produced through a three-way deal between Tesco, which owns the adjacent site, Warner and Watford Borough Council. Tesco was represented by Berwin Leighton and Watford Council’s legal department acted for the […]

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