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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.


Hill Dickinson merger hikes half-year figures

Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year. The firm recorded income of £22m, up from £14.5m for the same period in 2003-04. Last year’s full-year turnover was £40.1m. Senior partner Tony Wilson said the rise was the result of the January merger […]

Law Soc council vote to review referral fees

An overwhelming majority of Council members today (Thursday 16 December) voted to review the Law Society’s position on referral fees. Following work carried out by the society’s Standards Board on ways to carry out the review, members voted by a majority of 68 votes to nine, with six abstentions, to undertake the review. Amendments proposed […]

Norton Rose in Bahrain labour focus

Norton Rose is advising the Kingdom of Bahrain on new employment laws. Following a report by consultants McKinsey & Co, the Crown Prince of Bahrain launched a reform of the labour market. It found that the workforce is dominated by cheap workers from abroad and that Bahrain’s unemployment level is set to rise dramatically in […]

Lovells creates Chinese walls for Tube Lines sale

Lovells has installed Chinese walls to advise Star Capital Partners on its plann-ed acquisition of the Tube Lines stake belonging to em-battled services group Jarvis. A team of London lawyers, headed by partner Philip Brown, is advising Star Capital and SMIF, Star’s secondary market fund, in exclusive negotiations with Jarvis. Reports say the Tube Lines sale could fetch […]

Perkins Coie consigns Hong Kong to history

Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie has become the latest in a string of foreign firms to scale back its presence in Asia. As first revealed by Lawyer News Weekly last Wednesday (8 December), the firm is shutting the doors of its 12-year-old Hong Kong office. Perkins Coie told staff a fortnight ago that, following a […]

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