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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.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]


Lawyers are mad on 'er

Madonna’s latest, and possibly last ever (one can hope), UK tour is certainly the hottest ticket in town. But guess which law firm is treating its clients to see the queen of pop. No, not one of the trendy media outfits like Olswang or Harbottle & Lewis. It’s Slaughter and May.Tulkinghorn had no idea of […]

Deal of the week – Deutsche Bank/Selec

Deutsche Bank is one of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s biggest securitisation clients. It advised the bank on arranging this first whole-business securitisation to be carried out in Europe through a French special purpose vehicle (SPV) – similar deals have been done in Europe using offshore SPVs. The assets were a portfolio of property owned by Selec, […]

Redstone Telecom

Osborne Clarke completed this deal for longstanding client Redstone Telecom using a team of lawyers from its corporate, banking and employment groups.Led by corporate partner Ray Berg in London, the deal had to be completed quickly because of press speculation about what was happening to the company. The share prices were falling and putting the […]

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