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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.


Allen & Overy boosts NY outfit with two partners

Allen & Overy‘s New York office has hired two partners from Morgan Lewis & Bockius in a bid to compete with Clifford Chance. Ian Shrank and William Macan, both asset finance partners, moved at the end of April. Shrank says: “A&O is continuing on its path to attempt to be a global player. It realises […]

Libel laws winners in historical battle

The critics should consider the Irving case closely before passing judgement on the libel laws, writes James Libson. James Libson is a partner in the contentious media group at Mishcon de Reya and headed the team that acted for Professor Lipstadt. Two questions of interest arise out of Mr Justice Gray’s decision in the case […]

Davenport Lyons gains new head of licensing

Davenport Lyons has taken on Allen & Fraser’s highly-rated licensing partner as a department head. David Lavender is joining Davenport Lyons on 1 May as a consultant and will take over responsibility of the firm’s licensing practice from Philip Conway, head of the liquor and entertainment licensing group. Conway says: “I knew that David was […]

Richard Gerstein

Finers Stephens Innocent managing partner Richard Gerstein has given up the helm to go back to fee earning. Clair Smith talks to the litigation lawyer who will not miss the burden of management Being a managing partner does not always come with all the perks that people might expect. “I always thought that managing partners […]

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

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