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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.


The South West & Wales: the quiet life?

Those who have made the move from the City are overwhelmingly positive about their experience in the regions. Perhaps you would expect as much, but their evidence is convincing nonetheless. Michelle Thomas left Freshfields in London for Eversheds‘ Cardiff office in October. Besides returning home, she had made a conscious decision to change her lifestyle. […]

Case of the Week

The tragic case of Siamese twins joined by the lower abdomen reached the High Court this week, as Lord Justice Ward lost sleep over the dilemma which will see at least one of the twins die. The parents, who come from an eastern European Catholic community do not want surgeons to separate the twins as […]

Linklaters breaks off Budapest IT group

Linklaters & Alliance’s Budapest office is separating its IT and telecoms department from its corporate team as the sector continues to grow in the region. From the beginning of next year, a team of two to three, led by lawyer Andrea Simandi, will concentrate solely on the new economy. Since the office’s inception at the […]

Thyssen case setback as Patten joins bench

One of the Commonwealth’s most expensive litigation cases ever has been left without a key player in the defence team after Nicholas Patten QC was invited to become a judge. Patten, of 9 Old Square Chambers, was lead counsel for the trustees in the Thyssen case, which involves control over the family’s £1.2bn industrial empire. […]


President Putin’s ringing endorsement last Sunday of production-sharing agreements (PSAs) in Russia came as a welcome surprise. Indeed, it may just lead to the final reforms needed to attract the billions of dollars that western companies appear ready to invest in Russia’s energy sector. Speaking in Sakhalin at the well-attended PSA 2000 Conference, Putin also […]

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