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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.


Minter Ellison closes US office

Australian law firm Minter Ellison is closing its San Francisco office and bringing US-based partner Richard Horton back to Australia. Horton, who will now be based in the firm’s Sydney office, had spent eight years in the firm’s only US office, acting for Silicon Valley clients seeking to do business in Asia. Minter Ellison chief […]

Cross bar

Tsunami-sized waves swept through the bar last week when US firm Debevoise & Plimpton made the shock announcement that it had appointed Lord Goldsmith QC as its chair of European litigation. The gossip on the bar rumour mill had for a long time been that Goldsmith would go back to his old home Fountain Court […]

Farrer brings new CEO on board

Farrer & Co has hired real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield’s European CEO at as its new CEO. Ben Bennett will join the firm’s London office to work closely with the management board of the private client firm. Bennett is a former litigation associate at Herbert Smith and business consultant for the UK arm of […]

Appleby enhances Jersey corporate group

Offshore giant Appleby has expanded its Jersey-based corporate and commercial practice with the appointment of two lawyers. Alastair Drummond, who specialises in property finance and banking law, joins as an advocate from Channel Islands rival Carey Olsen. Meanwhile, Sarah Bolton has relocated from Appleby’s Cayman Islands office. She joins the Jersey office as counsel, focusing […]

Freshfields promises full disclosure

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has committed itself to full disclosure in its forthcoming report on corporate social responsibility (CSR). The magic circle firm has vowed for the first time that it will publish all pending lawsuits and claims against it in the report, which is due before the end of the year. Once complete, the report […]

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