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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.


UKvisas chooses MoFo for outsourcing advice

Morrison & Foerster‘s (MoFo) London office has bagged a lead role advising the UK Government on a £297m outsourcing project. The firm advised UKvisas, a directorate run jointly by the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, on its contract with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and VFS Global to outsource visa application processing. Alistair […]

Big cricket mandates

As if it wasn’t the best game on Earth anyway, it seems cricket might be the way to the hearts of Indian lawyers still resisting opening up the country’s legal system to foreign firms. Ever since the English colonialists brought tea and cricket to the subcontinent, the Indians have been doing it better. But Tulkinghorn […]

Gate Gourmet doubles size of in-house legal dept

Airline caterer Gate Gourmet has more than doubled the size of its legal team in the past few months and is likely to keep growing it under new management. In Europe the team has more than doubled its numbers, from two lawyers to five, including one paralegal. The US legal team, which was set up […]

Treasury to probe private equity tax relief

Private equity lawyers will be following intently the Treasury’s review of tax relief that has enabled the prominence of private equity on the general M&A landscape. Under the spotlight will be the tax relief on shareholder loans in highly leveraged deals, economic secretary Ed Balls announced today. It follows Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury Select […]

Fasken Martineau expands with Ottawa merger

Canadian firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin has secured its second merger in as many months after agreeing terms with Ottawa-based Johnston & Buchan. The deal comes six weeks after Fasken sealed its merger with London-based Stringer Saul which created the first full-service Canadian-UK law firm. Johnston & Buchan is a 13-lawyer firm focused primarily on communications […]

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