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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.


Chesterman takes CSFB telecoms deal to Lathams

Latham & Watkins’ London office has snatched its first senior debt telecoms deal out of the grasp of rival Weil Gotshal & Manges. The deal involves advising Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) and Salomon Brothers International on the restructuring of a senior multi-currency term loan and revolving credit facilities to DiAx, the Swiss telecoms company. […]


John Lewis purchases the UK arm of internet retailer John Lewis represented by Lovells (Frances Le Grys). Financial adviser Lazards. represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Neil Radford). Unilever sells its sauce business to Campbell Soup Company for £633m. Unilever advised by Slaughter and May (Gary Eborn). Financial adviser Goldman Sachs. Campbell Soup Company […]


One might assume that Reed Smith Warner Cranston won a place as adviser to McDonald’s on its purchase of a stake in Pret A Manger due to the recent US merger, but that is not the case. Peter Borrowdale, formerly the head of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal’s London office, which closed in September 1999, brought […]

Innogy Holdings lures British Energy lawyer for new market

UK energy provider Innogy Holdings has poached a lawyer from British Energy in preparation for the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA), soon to replace the electricity pool as the industry’s central marketplace. Nigel Fowkes, previously at the National Grid, joins Innogy in Swindon after three years with British Energy’s in-house legal team. He joins as […]

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