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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.

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Allen & Overy (A&O) seemingly succeeded where Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer failed, passing through vital changes to its pension scheme without any furore, according to A&O’s recently published annual report. The final-salary scheme was closed to new members as long ago as 1998, but the report states that, after consultation, last year the firm “closed the […]

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All change at White & Case

Decisions, decisions. After what seemed like an eternity, White & Case’s newleadership team, led by go-get-‘em chairman Hugh Verrier, finally startedwork on Monday (1 October). Decisions, decisions. After what seemed like an eternity, White & Case’s new leadership team, led by go-get-‘em chairman Hugh Verrier, finally started work on Monday (1 October). And, oh boy, […]

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The new needs of the new breed

Perhaps we should not be so surprised that according to a recent The Lawyer/YouGov poll, 25 per cent of lawyers want to leave private practice and do something else. In most other areas of employment the idea of a career for life or even a long-term employer disappeared years ago. Now law firms are having […]

White & Case hires Linklaters ECM partner

White & Case has strengthened its New York capital markets practice with the hire of Linklaters partner Adele Hogan. Hogan, who leaves the magic circle firm after two years, joined Linklaters when the firm went on a hiring spree in 2005 in a bid to ramp up its New York capabilities. She was one of […]

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