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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.


Lady of little leisure

Four kids, listed buildings and a law firm. It’s not a title for a sitcom – it’s Lovells’ recently re-elected managing partner Lesley MacDonagh’s life Lesley MacDonagh is one of those people who unintentionally makes normal mortals feel as dynamic as the average pot plant. She has just been re-elected for her third term as […]

Watson Farley rejigs Singapore management

As part of a major expansion initiative in South East Asia, Watson Farley & Williams has undertaken a management reshuffle in its Singapore office. As of today (1 October), litigation partner Peter Flint is the new head of the office.Flint takes over from Nigel Thomas, who will return to London. The firm operates its overseas […]


For the past three years, MacRoberts has gone all-out on PFI, and its strategy seems to be working Glasgow and Edinburgh-based MacRoberts was one of the first firms to attempt to pick up PFI work.It has built a reputation for work in this area, and has handled some very large transactions in the past 18 […]


One suspects that these mergers did not just founder because recession was looming. The seeds of their demise were sown way before 11 September. Whatever the Theodore Goddard spin, no one seriously believes that its talks with Salans failed as a direct result of the World Trade Center atrocity – although that might have been […]

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