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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.


Leeds litigators: 'Woolf is not working'

Four years after the overhaul of the civil procedure rules (CPR), significant areas of the reforms are as flawed as they were pre-Woolf, according to litigators at several Leeds-based firms

Hengeler develops Euro competition capability

Hengeler Mueller is moving partner Christoph Stadler from Düsseldorf to Brussels in a bid to boost its European competition practice. Stadler will continue to work on German transactions, but said the growing number of large cross-border deals made the Brussels antitrust practice a priority for the firm. First revealed on 5 February


Having the strength to go it alone has paid off for Forsters Mayfair-based property specialist Forsters will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in August. The 22-partner firm was launched in 1998 by former partners of the now defunct Frere Cholmeley Bischoff (FCB). Following FCB’s demise, most of the firm was taken over by Eversheds. But […]

Carnelutti reshuffle aims to mimic the Anglo-Saxons

Italian firm Carnelutti has bolted on a litigation practice in Rome and is continuing to overhaul its management in an effort to create a more Anglo-Saxon-structured firm Corporate and commercial litigator Massimo Mellaro has joined the partnership along with three associates from his own practice. But the firm has also lost its real estate head […]

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