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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.


Gordons takes on Eversheds Leeds star to head construction team

Yorkshire firm Gordons has snagged Eversheds Leeds partner Richard Piper to head its construction team. Piper’s hire is the first since Gordons merged with Leeds-based Nelson & Co in May 2004 and brings the number of partners at the firm to 39. He will start work at Gordons on 31 October this year. Clients Piper […]

Deals round-up

Herbert Smith has scooped a mandate to advise defence technology business QinetiQ on its proposed £1.1bn London Stock Exchange debut. Herbert Smith’s relationship with QinetiQ spans several years. The City firm advised the company when it was privatised, with US investment house Carlyle Group taking a strategic stake in the business. Clifford Chance is advising […]

Investec looks for referrals after gifting Halliwells place on panel

Halliwells has landed a place on the advisory panel to Investec Bank’s growing Manchester office in the hope that the firm will provide client referrals to the investment bank. The firm’s appointment bolsters Investec’s local legal panel of nine firms, with Halliwells expected to advise primarily on property-related banking work. A spokesperson for the Investec […]


Despite facing an increase in claims, mediation has failed to catch on with local authorities Today, sufficient should be known about ADR [alternative dispute resolution] to make failure to adopt it, in particular where public money is involved, indefensible.” This was Lord Woolf’s warning to the parties that failed to mediate a public law matter […]

Clifford Chance makes gains in NY

Clifford Chance looks to have turned the tide on its shrinking New York office with the hire of real estate partner Howard Peskoe from US rival Winston & Strawn. Peskoe joins as co-chair of the real estate practice in the Americas, alongside current chairman David Djaha. He was previously a partner in Winston & Strawn’s […]

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