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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.


Fayre play

The Norton Rose lawyers gathered last week with The Lawyer reporters were no shrinking violets. Clearly knowing their interlocutory relief from their asset tracing, they could navigate a courtroom with the fearlessness of a predator. With an elegance reminiscent of a Roman army victory, champagne and the finest wines were served alongside the tastiest meats […]


The outmoded conception of lawyers as drafting technicians finds one of its greatest challenges in the outsourcing arena. It is here that lawyers most clearly are being asked to demonstrate what added value (over and above assumed technical competencies) they can bring to the table.Historically, the division of responsibility in the outsourcing process divided quite […]

BLP advises Health Dept on PFI change

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has won a new appointment to advise the Department of Health's Private Finance Unit (PFU) on a major change to employment arrangements under health PFIs.

British Waterways puts law panel under scrutiny

Rolling review underway; casual advisers set for the chop; City firms safe British Waterways has begun a review of its legal needs across the country as a prelude to consolidating its extensive panel of advisers.The quasi-government body, responsible for Britain’s 2,000-mile canal network, uses more than a dozen firms for work across its five regional […]

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