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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.


Camerons launches start-up web service with FirstStage

CMS Cameron McKenna is launching the first-ever website to vet technology start-ups and help find them funding. The firm is the sole provider of legal content to the new site, called FirstStageCapital. It claims it is breaking new ground by showcasing investment opportunities which have already been checked out, and then matching them to private […]

Book Review

The Soul at Work by Roger Lewin and Birute Regine, published by Orion ISBN0752811851 People are notoriously difficult things. They are unpredictable, difficult to manage and the most complex bit of any business. Even with quantum leaps in artificial intelligence and expert systems, law firms still need them. Clients expect them and the best ones […]


Simmons & Simmons acted for Despa, the German open ended fund, in the £63m sale of its property at 49 Leadenhall Street to the City of London Real Property Company. The building was previously the headquarters of the Institute of London Underwriters. The team was run by property partner Alan Butler while Nabarro Nathanson advised […]

The fraud squad

Due to a tightening of regulations, accountants working in the sexy area of forensic accountancy have had a fairly peaceful year. But as Jon Robins reports, that does not mean we may never see a Maxwell-style fraud case again. It is not likely that many people are drawn to a career in accountancy in pursuit […]

Scuffle of the week

The Government v The Guardian and The Observer. The newspapers’ lawyers accused the Government of using oppressive tactics to prevent them reporting allegations of abuse of power by MI6. The papers are challenging a March ruling by Judge Martin Stephens which ordered them to give police any emails or notes they may have relating to […]

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