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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.


Michael Gove MP

Holman J rules Gove’s BSF decision was ‘unlawful’

Mr Justice Holman has ordered the Government to review its plans to scrap the Building Schools for Future programme. The decision, handed down this morning, gives victory to six local authorities that brought the judicial review proceedings. In his judgment Holman J held that the  decision taken by the Secretary of State for Education Michael […]

Bakers leads Ensco bid to buy rival US driller Pride

Baker & McKenzie is ­representing UK-based ­offshore drilling company Ensco on its $7.1bn (£4.4bn) bid to acquire US competitor Pride. The cash-and-stock deal could create the world’s ­second-largest offshore driller after Transocean and has been hailed as a vote of confidence in deepwater drilling following the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last […]

Cutback Camerons

Chancellor George Osborne has been singing and dancing all over the place in the last 48 hours, simultaneously trying to convince his banker mates that he still loves them while telling the rest of the world that they are, in fact, overpaid parasites. Poor guy probably wishes he’d taken the hedge fund job Daddy lined […]

Fifa Headquarters

Brick Court silk wins victory for EC in Fifa pay-TV dispute

Brick Court’s James Flynn QC has won a major case for the European Commission (EC) after the European General Court (EGC) ruled that it is legal for European countries to ban the exclusive airing of World Cup and European football championship games on pay-TV. Flynn was instructed directly to act for the EC in its […]


Fountain Court QC defects to rival One Essex Court

Fountain Court silk Craig Orr QC has defected to rival magic circle set One Essex Court. Orr, who took silk in 2006, has a particular focus on major banking and financial disputes and is widely considered to be one of the leading young silks at the commercial bar. It is rare for silks to move […]

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