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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.


Edward Lewis opts for Rutter

Edward Lewis’ longest-serving partner Jeremy Rutter is likely to replace chairman Tony Collins, who resigned from the firm’s management committee and is negotiating leaving the partnership over claims of sex discrimination. One source alleges Collins is demanding a large pay-off to leave the London firm, a move which has incensed some partners. A resolution will […]

It's been a bad week for…

Lord de Ramsay. For more than four years Lord de Ramsay has chaired the Environment Agency. Now the Agency has investigated his own Cambridgeshire family estate, Worlick Farm, over claims that estate staff extracted excessive water. The agency is considering “appropriate action” and may bring a prosecution against its own boss. Sloth. Judges are to […]


Finers acted for road traffic accident management service provider Accidentcare Group and corporate advisers Daniel Stewart on an £1.2m offer for subscription and admission to trading on Ofex. Peter Jay and Ashley Reeback

Hammond Suddards handles second deal for internet client

Hammond Suddards has completed a second acquisition for an internet sports client it took from SJ Berwin. The firm advised on AIM- listed Sports Internet Group’s purchase of offshore, tax-free bookmaker Surrey Group for £19.7m. In May, Hammonds acted for in Sports Internet’s £26m purchase of the website provider (The Lawyer, 24 May). Sports […]

Will the City catch a cold from the millennium bug?

Last week Don Cruickshank, chairman of the Government’s millennium bug-busting agency Action 2000, told the private sector to brace itself for year 2000 breakdowns in technology. Despite years of warnings and marketing campaigns, it seems that not everyone’s computer systems are set to wake up ready for business on 1 January. What is more worrying […]

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