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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.


Metal Morris

Denton Wilde Sapte managing partner Howard Morris may be getting too concerned that his wide-ranging revamp of the practice is making him enemies. At last Wednesday’s (5 September) bash hosted by the firm at London’s prestigious gallery The Wallace Collection, attendees were offered the chance to try on a rather ornate suit of armour displayed […]

Commercial & Chancery: Reform school

As the Carter and Clementi reforms start to take effect, how will the commercail bar fare under the new regime? Industry experts consider their likely impact The face of the legal profession is set to change radically over the coming few years, but will these changes affect the commercial bar? Jonathan Fox, chief executive, St […]

UK spies sued over Guantánamo abuses

Niche law firm Christian Khan today (12 September) set the wheels in motion for a British man who was held in Guantánamo Bay to sue the MI5 and MI6 over the tactics they used to gather intelligence. Christian Khan has brought the civil case on behalf of Tarek Dergoul, who claims he was repeatedly tortured […]

UK firms pasta post in Italy

After a relaxing August break, the Italian market has kicked off the new term with a bang. But some managing partners have returned to offices a bit quieter than when they left. Hammonds Rossotto senior partner Riccardo Rossotto may well have exclaimed: “Dove sono i miei avvocati?!” after DLA Piper sprung a four-lawyer corporate team […]

Goofy for the Gulf

When a senior Freshfields partner is spotted in Riyadh, you can be sure he’s not there to top up his tan. The Middle East rumour mill has never ground so fast. Small wonder: every week The Lawyer reports on yet another firm trying to penetrate the Gulf region. The big boys are all trying their […]

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