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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.


Crystal adds BCCI case to his portfolio

Michael Crystal QC has been instructed to act for the liquidators of BCCI in its action against the Bank of America This brings to three the number of large, high-profile cases that Crystal, joint head of 3/4 South Square, has been involved in since the settlement in February of the Thyssen case in Bermuda.He continues […]

Thorn in my side

Andy Blake argues that first impressions are deceiving when it comes to Opra’s ruling in the Thorn pensions case The Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) recently ruled in a preliminary hearing that the £100m Thorn occupational pension scheme surplus be shared between the employer (now owned by Japanese heavyweight Nomura) and the scheme’s 30,000 pensioners.Much […]

Tackling Beckham late

Lawyers. Bless them. Always first with the news. As almost everyone knows – including Mrs Tulkinghorn, who is anything but a football fan – David Beckham has signed a new contract with Manchester United that will see his earnings rocket from £26,000 to £90,000 a week. That contract was signed – and plastered all over […]

Deals summary

Ashurst Morris Crisp (Mark Vickers) is advising the Royal Bank of Scotland in connection with Duke Street Capital Leisure Investments’ hostile public takeover bid for Esporta. The bid is worth £133m. Duke Street is being advised by Clifford Chance (Robert Lee).

Herbert Smith profits drop eight per cent

Herbert Smith has seen its profits drop by 8 per cent to £670,000 per partner, while turnover is up a respectable 10 per cent to £225m The firm’s highest earners, who last year made £870,000, will draw a profit share of £800,000 this year.

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