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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.


Reed Smith hires trio for Paris shipping practice

Reed Smith has bolstered its French arm with the hire of a three-lawyer shipping team from local Paris firm Bouloy Grellet & Godin. The firm has hired name partner Luc Grellet and two associates to work on matters including insurance disputes and marine casualties. His practice already shares clients with Reed Smith’s shipping department, such […]

Boekel to set up Dutch law office in London

Dutch firm Boekel De Nerée is to open an office in London to service its Dutch clients. The office will practise only Dutch law and will initially be staffed by four lawyers and headed by ­partner Ferdinand Mason. The firm ultimately hopes to increase this number to 11 lawyers. Boekel operates on a model whereby […]

Merck Serono appoints new UK, Ireland head

European pharmaceutical and biotechnology ­company Merck Serono has hired European Aeronautic Defence ;and ;Space ­Company (EADS) counsel Robert Fairless to head its nascent UK and Ireland legal capability. Fairless, who worked within the space division at EADS, has taken full responsibility for the UK and Irish legal function and has been charged with building up […]


Employee survey reveals support staff dissatisfied

The Lawyer’s first employee engagement ­survey, conducted by YouGovCentaur, shows a chasm between lawyers and business services staff, with the latter feeling undervalued, underpaid and out of the loop. The ;Lawyer’s first employee engagement ­survey, conducted ;by YouGovCentaur, shows a chasm between lawyers and business services staff, with the latter feeling undervalued, underpaid and out of the loop. An ;overwhelming […]

DLA Piper joint chief exec Lee Miller re-elected

DLA Piper joint chief exec Lee Miller re-elected” />DLA Piper joint chief executive Lee Miller (pictured) has been elected to serve another four years as head of the firm’s US operations. The announcement means the leadership of the firm is likely to remain unchanged until at least 2013. This week it was revealed that UK-based […]

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