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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.


Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out

Linklaters reunited with DIC after Freshfields conflicted out” />Linklaters has won back Dubai International Capital (DIC) as a client, completing two mega-deals for the emirate’s investment arm in one week. The firm navigated DIC through its $1.2bn (£580m) purchase of German aluminium producer Altadis from Rhône Group and Teachers’ Private Capital (TPC). A day later, […]

Magic circle muscles in on AIM as value skyrockets

Ashurst , Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), DLA Piper, LG and Norton Rose have dominated Hemscott’s first client league table of top 100 AIM companies. Traditional FTSE players such as Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have also started picking up on the bigger-ticket AIM action as the market has matured. Firms outside […]

A&O helps pop stars create charity song

Allen & Overy (A&O) is working with some of the biggest names in the music business as part of its work with longstanding pro bono client and homeless chairty Crisis. The magic circle firm has negotiated contracts and exclusivity waivers for musicians Beth Ditto from The Gossip, Paul Weller and Bloc Party as part of […]

Humdrum chums

Real estate lawyers are a pretty mediocre bunch of people. These are not the sentiments of Tulkinghorn, he hastens to add, but of one of the heads of real estate of a prominent global firm, no less. When Tulkinghorn’s scribe met with this self-effacing figure he quizzed him on the subject of heroes and pioneers […]

Cherie says ‘no’ to US special relationship

In her first newspaper interview since leaving No 10 Downing Street, Cherie Booth QC of Matrix Chambers has shunned the lure of the US dollar and pledged her future to the UK legal system. The wife of former prime minister Tony Blair said she has ruled out following in the footsteps of her husband’s attorney […]

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