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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.


Kings Chambers takes on retired judge

Kings Chambers has snared His Honour David Gilliland as an arbitrator. Gilliland retired from the bench on 30 September, having been a senior circuit judge on the Northern Circuit at the Technology and Construction Court. Gilliland, aged 69, joined the set today (8 October). The set has offices in Manchester and Leeds. Senior clerk William […]

Lessons in investment

The Legal Services Bill has paved the way for law firms to raise external capital. Whether this external investment comes from private equity or an IPO is up for grabs. Although this landscape may be new for lawyers, for other professional service sectors, such as accountants, it is not. So what lessons can be learned […]

Da Vinci update: HBJ partner charged

HBJ Gateley Wareing Glasgow corporate partner Calum Jones has appeared on petition at Dumfries Sheriff Court charged with conspiracy to rob and extort money. The lawyer was arrested by Dumfries and Galloway police yesterday (4 October) in a raid organised to recover a stolen Leonardo da Vinci painting worth £30m. The painting was seized at […]

City delegation heads to Beijing on AIM quest

City lawyers are flying to Beijing in an attempt to convince Chinese regulators to relax obstacles it is feared will stop Chinese companies listing on AIM. A delegation of high-level City lawyers is flying to Beijing in an attempt to convince Chinese regulators to relax recently laid obstacles it is feared will stop Chinese companies […]

A&O and Shearman close £3.4bn SAP takeover

A raft of top firms have managed to land a £3.4bn cross-border friendly takeover, despite the financial markets’ jitters. Allen & Overy (A&O), Bredin Prat and Jones Day are advising German-headquartered business software provider SAP on its €4.8bn (£3.4bn) approach for French rival Business Objects. A&O is advising its longstanding client on German and US […]

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