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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.


Torys hires operating officer

Canada-based Torys is taking on a chief operating officer to free up its managing partner to concentrate on client consultation. Alan Pearson is joining from the Deloitte & Touche partnership in Toronto in a role aimed at broadening the management structure to increase coordination between the New York and Toronto offices. A year ago the […]

Second Big Canadian Merger In Two Days Announced

The announcement comes just two days after Gowling Strathy & Henderson joined with Code Hunter to form the second largest law firm in Canada. The latest merger between Fasken Campbell Godfrey and Martineau Walker which takes affect from February 2000, will create a 368-lawyer practice – renamed Fasken Martineau – with offices in London, Toronto, […]

mortgages plc group

This is the second residential mortgage securitisation which Mortgages plc Group has done, and it has brought together the original team from last year – Clifford Chance representing the lead manager Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Linklaters representing the issuer. On this deal, lead partner Paul Severs at Clifford Chance was running the transaction from […]

New world, new challenge

Clifford Chance’s rising star Rae Lindsay thrives on a challenge, and her task of heading the firm’s new international unit is certainly that. Vanessa Pawsey reports Clifford Chance‘s public international law partner, Rae Lindsay, is an advert for her job. Breezing into the room she looks more alert and on the ball than your average […]


And still no one is sure who has won. Legal battles in their wake, the two titans still fight for the ultimate prize. Amid allegations of bias, shady backroom deals and political machinations, the two candidates await their fate, and the public, knowing full well that they will probably never really notice the difference, yawns. […]

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