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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.


New Simmons chief to shake up management

The Simmons & Simmons partnership has given new managing partner Mark Dawkins carte blanche to shake up the firm’s management. The Simmons partnership approved Dawkins’ plans, first revealed by The Lawyer on January 24, 2005, to set up an international executive to replace the firm’s current London-based executive committee. The proposal that was put forward […]

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 […]

What a Cook-up

Last October, The Lawyer reported that Watson Farley & Williams had scooped a role acting for the Indian government on a massive arbitration spanning the continents. But it seems that Tulkinghorn missed the real story. In September, a respected Indian broadsheet reported: “The government has roped in Robin Cook, the UK’s former foreign secretary, to […]

Jurisdiction case reaches European Court of Justice

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) decision in a personal injury case on 1 March could have wide-ranging implications for commercial disputes, said one of the lawyers involved. The court was ruling on questions from the Court of Appeal from July 2002 in the case of Owusu v Jackson. Richard Plender QC of 20 Essex […]

Referral freeze

The public wants claims management companies – but only if they can trust them. Neil Kinsella calls for the Government to back the Claims Standards Council Research says that the public wants the speed and efficiency of a claims company coupled with the integrity of a law firm. If claims companies deliver the right products […]

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