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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.



Northern Leisure was advised by Herbert Smith on its u4.5m debenture stock issue.

Can lawyers be 'experts'?

There is no reason why lawyers should not make good consultants. Indeed, consultancy work’s transactional nature makes it more akin to law practice than to accountancy. But a consultant needs to have two primary attributes – expertise and skills. For most lawyers their expertise lies in the law, not personnel or practice management or IT. […]


South African group Liberty Life used Linklaters & Paines as its English advisers on the first ever global offering of convertible bonds by a South African company. The offering amounted to $300m.

Smile, you're on video camera

Lawyers have been getting on their bikes, switching to the bus and even taking to the water to beat the rail strike. Meanwhile, lawyers in the Yorkshire and London offices of Dibb Lupton Broomhead have been taking things easy. The firm has recently unveiled a video conference facility which allows partners and clients to link […]

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