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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.


Beloff will join Matrix in a year

Leading silk Michael Beloff QC has finally decided to join Matrix Chambers, but only after he has seen through the merger at his current set. As revealed exclusively in The Lawyer (17 January) Beloff, currently a tenant and former head of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, had been invited to join the new human rights set […]

Gosschalks pays tribute to leading licensing partner

Leading licensing lawyer Richard Leslie Green has died aged 56. Green, who was senior partner at Hull firm Gosschalks, died on 21 April. He was ranked as one of the country’s leading licensing experts, with a reputation as an outstanding lawyer and a major player in his field. Green had been with 27-partner Gosschalks since […]

It’s been a good week for…

Claims negotiator Robert Jones, now a “nappy” man after victory in a sex discrimination case over his employer’s refusal to allow him to work part-time so that he could look after his baby daughter at home. Jones, of Longbridge, West Midlands, took his case to the Equal Opportunities Commission after insurance group Groupama UK Services […]

It’s been a bad week for…

Dog lover Laura Bunday, who was tailed by police this week after “stealing” a stick from woodland for her pet pouch Bramble to play with. A park ranger reported Bunday to Devon and Cornwall police after seeing her toss the piece of wood into the boot of her car after walking her dog. The police […]

Cleary Gottlieb appoints new managing partner

Corporate lawyer, Karasz – who joined the firm in 1967 – replaces Ned Stiles who held the post for 12 years. Karasz ran the firm’s Paris office for five years and more recently has been concentrating on transnational joint venture schemes in the US, Latin America and Europe. He has worked extensively on cross-border transactions […]

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