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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.


US recruit to add clout to Freshfields

City firm Freshfields has recruited senior US lawyer Kent Rowey to its international project finance unit in London in response to growing competition from rivals. US and UK firms have increasingly seen marketing in-house American and British legal expertise as a way of attracting clients. Freshfields partner Simon Hall said: “Having both a British and […]

Applause for a modest man

In his review of the important decision of the Court of Appeal in Chequepoint v McClelland (The Lawyer 9 July “Litigator’s View”) Paul Lomas modestly did not note that this significant case was undertaken pro bono for the new Bar Pro Bono Unit by him and his firm, Freshfields, and David Vaughan QC. Their generosity […]

Euro money must be taken as legal tender

Norton Rose City lawyer Charles Proctor has warned that creditors will have no legal right to reject payment made with the Euro, the new European single currency due to be introduced at the end of the decade. Speaking at a conference in Cambridge, Proctor said that a creditor will have no valid claim for breach […]

Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

Australian international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has closed its Taiwan and New York offices to cut back on costs. But Mallesons’ London partner Greg Hammond emphasised that its London office was staying open. “We have just reviewed all our overseas operations and the decision was taken to close the New York and Taiwan office but […]


Nabarro Nathanson acted for Stat Plus on its off-market tender to buy back 15 per cent of its ordinary share capital for £8 million.

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