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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 set to vote for new chief executive

Norton Rose will this week vote on who will replace current managing partner Roger Birkby to take the chief executive officer (CEO) role Despite rumours that there were a number of partners interested in standing for the position, the final list of candidates comprises just three. Partners must vote between international business partner Peter Martyr, […]

Eversheds instructed by Comet

Eversheds has beaten off competition from at least three law firms to be appointed as the sole adviser on employment for electrical goods retailer Comet Group The firm was invited to pitch despite the employment group having no previous relationship with Comet. Partners Owen Warnock and Peter Norbury led the pitch and have since set […]

Herbert Smith replaces financial institution head

Herbert Smith partner David Willis has become head of the firm’s financial institutions group following the retirement of insurance luminary Marian Pell Willis has taken over the reins in London, having left Herbert Smith’s Asia practice in the hands of Mark Lloyd-Williams last year. After 28 years at Herbert Smith, Pell has opted to retire […]

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BBC Scotland head of legal Alistair Bonnington’s aim is to progress Scottish media law to the full. His achievements so far suggest he’s the right guy for the job. Naomi Rovnick reports

Allen & Overy promotes 34 to partnership

Allen & Overy has made up 34 new partners, 15 of which are in the London office Five partners have been made up in Frankfurt and three in both Amsterdam and Paris. The firm is also to rebrand in Italy, dropping the Brosio Casati name from its Italian practice. From 1 May, the firm will […]

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