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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.



Cobbetts: Tough guise

A demanding few years for Cobbetts has seen the battle-hardened firm take a no-nonsense approach to getting back on track. Cobbetts has hit the headlines over the past 12 months, but not for the reasons the firm’s management would have wanted. It was one of the first firms to launch large-scale redundancy programmes, making three […]

Norton Rose hikes Middle East with trio

Norton Rose is relocating three finance partners to the ­Middle East, including its global Islamic finance chief Neil Miller, who will move to Dubai. Miller will be joined by corporate finance partner Alan Bainbridge and asset finance partner Emma Giddings, who will move to Abu Dhabi. Their term in the Middle East is indefinite. Miller […]


New York firm Kramer Levin announces layoffs

New York firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel has become the latest US firm to announce it is making layoffs. In an email sent to the firm this afternoon and first published on US legal blog, managing partner Paul Pearlman confirmed that Kramer Levin would be making 18 lawyers and 21 support staff redundant. […]

Polish firm snaps up Linklaters team after magic circle firm downsizes in CEE

A Polish firm has changed its name and rebranded after taking on two partners and a team of associates from Linklaters. Linklaters team after magic circle firm downsizes in CEE” />A ;Polish ;firm ;has changed its name and rebranded after taking on two partners and a team of associates from Linklaters. Furtek Komosa Aleksandrowicz, previously known as M […]


Trowers first to fall prey to Middle East downturn

Gulf stalwart cuts jobs across region; prospects bleak in ‘dead’ Dubai Trowers & Hamlins has become the first firm to cut jobs in the Middle East as cracks begin to show in the previously booming Gulf legal market. The firm, which has built its reputation on the back of four decades in the region, has […]

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