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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.


Reed Smith secures new London HQ

Reed Smith Richards Butler has ended its search for a new office building, signing up to take almost 40 per cent of London’s Broadgate Tower. The firm, which was formed in January following a merger between US firm Reed Smith and the UK’s Richards Butler, has been operating from Beaufort House in the City and […]

Two’s company

Two is better than one, and the successful working relationship of Simon Bromwich and Geoffrey Green has seen Ashurst nudge its way into the UK top 10 Ashurst senior partner Geoffrey Green and managing partner Simon Bromwich are quite the double act. On paper, the two are chalk and cheese: Green is the effusive ideas […]

Just like starting over

Following a lengthy process of deliberation, US firm Proskauer Rose is on the verge of launching its London office, pinching O’Melveny & Myers private equity head Matthew Hudson to lead its assault on the London market. (see story) Hudson said he was excited about taking on a fresh challenge when he spoke exclusively to The […]

CC bolsters Paris with White & Case hire

Clifford Chance has raided White & Case, hiring employment partner François Farmine to ramp up its Paris office. Farmine, who leaves White & Case after 14 years, will join the Paris office’s employment team, which currently has eight lawyers and sits within the litigation and dispute resolution group. He specialises in employment law that relates […]


Flexible future?

In the cut-throat world of talent retention, flexible working is becoming a must, but can this newer way of working win the hearts and minds of those long-hours stalwarts? An increasing number of UK law firms is recognising the importance of offering their staff flexible work hours as employees seek to balance their work lives […]

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