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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.

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The Hot 100: The Bar

Helen Davies QC  Brick Court Chambers In October last year Brick Court Chambers elected Helen Davies QC as its first-ever female head of chambers. Davies took up the joint role with incumbent Jonathan Hirst QC. Her appointment followed years of service at the set, with roles including head of pupillage, sitting on the executive committee […]

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Hogan Lovells hires Freshfields Asia IP head

Hogan Lovells has hired Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former Asia IP/IT and TMT head Mark Parsons as a partner in Hong Kong. Parsons will join Hogan Lovells at the end of January. His practice has a particular focus on complex commercial transactions and regulatory matters in the TMT sector. Parsons’ appointment comes after recent departure of […]

New year novelties in Croatian legislation

With the arrival of the new year, several legal novelties have come into force in Croatia. The most important is the new law on oil and the oil derivatives market, which stipulates that the price of fuel will now be defined by the market instead of the state. With amendments to the Consumer Credit Act, […]

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