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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.


Merrill Lynch makes use of Ashurst’s CDO nous

Ashurst has advised Merrill Lynch on a collateralised debt obligation (CDO) involving small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) issuing bonds as security for notes. The PULS CDO 2006-1 PLC was issued in five tranches of fixed and floating-rate notes and had a total value of £260m. It was the first deal for portfolio manager Capital Securities […]

Corporate lawyers in-house hunting

The great corporate lawyer drought of 2006 continues. Word reaches The Lawyer that the extreme workloads are driving more and more junior lawyers to register with recruitment consultants for in-house work. Hays Legal in-house consultant Sam Baker says: “We’re absolutely swimming in people wanting to make the move to in-house work, more so than we’ve […]

Post-SIF landscape sees fall in conveyancing claim numbers

The first five years of an open market for solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance saw a complete change in the claims environment, according to new research. Brokers Alexander Forbes compared the profile of claims against solicitors made under the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF), which stopped taking new business in 2000, with the profile of claims made […]

Sloan strengthens Latham’s Carlyle ties with Avio sale

Private equity star Graeme Sloan has completed his biggest deal to date since joining Latham & Watkins in May. Sloan, who joined Latham from Maclay Murray & Spens, was part of the Latham team advising on the E2.57bn (£1.73bn) sale of aerospace engine-maker Avio to Cinven. The sale is Europe’s largest-ever aerospace deal and Italy’s […]

UK businesses need to beware the long arm of US law

The angst surrounding the cases of the NatWest Three and Ian Norris has raised awareness of the new risks facing businesspeople from US prosecutors. US criminal jurisdiction is extraordinarily wide. To take an important example, the Sherman Antitrust Act (relating to cartels) applies to any activity that is in restraint of trade in the US […]

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