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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.


Lovells, Simmons miss out on HSBC global panel

Lovells and Simmons & Simmons have both failed to secure places on HSBC Holdings’ coveted global legal panel following the conclusion of the global banking giant’s review of external advisers. The review, which was kickstarted in August, has resulted in HSBC replacing its eight-strong London panel with a global panel comprising Allen & Overy, Clifford […]


The tower of power Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) new real estate head Robert MacGregor starts today (13 December) and he is hoping to celebrate with the signing of two of his trusted Clifford Chance assistants. This secondary raid has boosted BLP’s hopes that the Canary Wharf account will follow. “We’ve got the main man and […]

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 […]

Silent partner

Even the biggest eejit knows that you have to give your boss notice when you’re leaving. Unfortunately this didn’t occur to a certain US partner when he left his extremely elite New York practice for a magic circle firm. Apparently this bright spark sent round an email telling his colleagues he was off, without actually […]

From law to Channel 4

Thinking of a change of scene in the new year? Patrick and Colette Bergot, tired of commuting, left their legal careers behind them for a French château. They also had the experience filmed for Channel 4. The Lawyer finds out why Earlier this year Channel 4 told the story of two City lawyers who gave […]

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