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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.


Pinsents wins place on Sema legal panel

Pinsent Curtis has secured a place on the panel of IT giant Sema as sole adviser on global trademark issues. The FTSE-100 company has spent the past six months overhauling its legal provision. The process saw its panel slashed from 15 firms to one main adviser (The Lawyer, 31 January). The national practice was one […]

News in Brief

Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ London office has recruited a senior assistant from Clifford Chance to set up its European consumer finance practice. Andrew McLean, who will become a partner specialising in corporate, commercial and consumer finance trans-actions, has been at Clifford Chance for 12 years, working in both its London and Tokyo offices. Eversheds is […]


CMS Cameron McKenna represented Sainsbury’s Supermarkets on its £6.7m purchase of the Bretton Centre from Peterborough City Council. Property partner Mark Heighton was assisted by property solicitor Sally Purtell on the deal. Wragge & Co advised Peterborough City Council.

…as Holt breaks ranks and takes KLegal post

The former managing partner of Weil Gotshal & Manges‘ London office has broken ranks with former colleagues to join KLegal. Nick Holt left the US firm with three other partners at the end of January but has split with the rest of the team and is joining the KPMG associated law firm as managing partner. […]

Welcome to the two-stop shop

There are now more than one million lawyers in the US, a ratio of one lawyer to every 260 people, according to Ramon Mullerat, senior partner at leading Spanish practice Bufete Mullerat. And, he adds, if the rate of growth continues, by 2020 there will be no one left in the US but lawyers. Alongside […]

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