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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.


Norton Rose lose out to Herbies on $3.5bn mobile disposal

Norton Rose has been left out in the cold on the massive $3.5bn disposal of two Eastern European mobile phone operators to Vodafone after its regular client, Montreal-based Telesystems International Wireless (TIW), turned to Herbert Smith. The mandate came to Herbert Smith through a referral from its Dutch ally Stibbe. It is the first time […]

A&O hires White & Case star for Shanghai push

Allen & Overy (A&O) has raided White & Case to boost its Shanghai office. Victor Ho, who launched and headed White & Case’s Shanghai office since 2000 has joined A&O as a partner with effect from today (15 March). Ho, a US qualified lawyer, has experience in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, direct investments, private equity, […]

Cloisters star secures £300m payout in record equal pay claim

Cloisters silk Robin Allen QC has secured compensation for 1,500 women in the UK’s largest ever equal pay case. Allen, leading fellow Cloisters barrister Paul Epstein, was instructed by trade union UNISON on behalf of the women. They are all NHS employees, including nurses, at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumbria Hospital. Yesterday (Monday, 14 […]

Beachcrofts finds replacement chief

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ respected managing partner Bob Heslett is stepping down, to be replaced by Birmingham litigator Paul Murray. Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ respected managing partner Bob Heslett is stepping down, to be replaced by Birmingham litigator Paul Murray. Murray will become managing partner elect on 1 May and will take over from Heslett after a 12-month handover period. […]

A&O securitisation star quits for Shearman

Shearman & Sterling has hired Allen & Overy securitisation partner Julian Tucker, just two weeks after the news that its former securitisation head Marke Raines is leaving the US firm at the end of this month. Tucker joins Shearman as head of its structured finance practice, taking the reins from Clifford Atkins. Shearman & Sterling […]

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