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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.


Cadwalader launches IP practice

New York firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has launched an IP practice, raiding IP firm Morgan & Finnegan for a trio of senior lawyers. The initial raid is the first step as the firm looks to roll out an IP practice across all of its offices, which include London and Beijing. Partner Christopher Hughes joins […]

Dickinson Dees boss steps down

Dickinson Dees boss steps down” />The long-serving managing partner of Newcastle’s largest firm, Dickinson Dees’ Neil Braithwaite has stepped down. After a lauded 10 year reign Braithwaite has passed the crown to Jonathan Blair, who has been partner with the firm since Braithtwaite’s tenure began. Blair commented: “He’s done it for ten years – poor […]


EU must resolve the issue of in-house privilege

The European Court of First Instance has clarified the scope of legal professional privilege in competition investigations and prescribed the procedures to be followed by the European Commission in cases where the privileged status of documents is disputed, such as in dawn raids. In a significant judgment, the European Court of First Instance (CFI) has […]

Lovells: The comeback bid

Lovells’ recent hiring spree has come as the firm looks to reposition itself as a global player. And managing partner David Harris has no doubts that the move will pay off Lovells has been through its share of troubles in the past few years. Sliding profitability and disruptive management election contests, not to mention high-profile […]

Love’s labour’s lost

Law firm international strategy is so much easier to understand once you think of it as adolescent dating – except with better grammar. As we reveal today, earlier this year Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) dumped its old flame, New York’s Kramer Levin, with the old “It’s not you, it’s me” line. The relationship, so excitedly […]

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