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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.


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 […]

Reforms’ character

The Clementi reforms may have made some high street practitioners a bit twitchy, but they still represent a giant step forward for the industry. By Jonathan Gulliford In the noise and clutter that accompanies the weeks preceding a general election, there has been little time for the Government to reflect upon the proposals set out […]

Competition star Kinsella quits Herbies

Top competition partner Stephen Kinsella has resigned from Herbert Smith. The firm will hold Kinsella, who works in its Brussels office, to a six-month gardening leave The six-month term is fixed by Herbert Smith’s partnership deed. However, other high-profile departees were not held to it, including Robert Volterra, who went to Latham & Watkins earlier […]

Claims-handling services fall foul of ECJ VAT ruling

A ruling by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) earlier this month (3 March) means that law firms with volume claims-handling operations face a possible hike in VAT bills The ruling came in an ECJ case concerning Arthur Andersen; it considered the meaning of the phrases ‘insurance agent’ and ‘insurance broker’. Some law firms provide a claims-handling […]

Dechert finds home comforts – at last

Dechert London concluded its protracted search for new premises after finalising a deal to take up new offices at Times Square. The Philadelphia-based firm has finally signed a lease to take on 55,000 sq ft at Times Square, 160 Queen Victoria Street with an option to take additional space. The new office will accommodate 280 […]

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