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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.

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Herbies raises associate salaries

Herbert Smith has hiked its associate salaries at the half-year stage with £2,000 being added to annual salaries as of the beginning of November. Newly qualifieds are now on a salary of £66,000 while associates with one year’s post-qualification experience (PQE) will receive £71,000 and those with two years’ PQE will receive £83,000. The move […]

Morgan Lewis hires 18th lawyer in two days

Morgan Lewis has hired the former head of Hogan & Hartson’s Brussels office as a new partner in New York. M&A specialist Claud ‘Lex’ Eley joins Morgan Lewis today after a decade living and practising in Europe. He becomes the 18th new lawyer to join the firm in two days after the hire of 17 […]

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