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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.


Olswang strengthens Reading real estate team

Olswang has bolstered its Reading real estate group with four new lawyers, two of whom are returning to the firm. Carol Griffin rejoins the firm as head of the Reading real estate team from the local office of Osborne Clarke, accompanied by fellow Osborne Clarke defector Kate Jorgenson, who returns as an associate. Griffin takes […]

Hammonds launches last-ditch attempt to save law advice centre

Lawyers at Hammonds’ London office have issued a call to arms on behalf of Paddington Law Centre in West London, which faces imminent closure unless donations are forthcoming. For almost 35 years Paddington Law Centre has provided free, specialist legal advice and representation to Westminster’s poorest citizens in the practice areas of immigration, benefits, housing […]

Cooley sweeps up Testa Hurwitz vets for Boston launch

US West Coast firm Cooley Godward Kronish has launched a new East Coast office in style, taking 10 partners from different firms for its Boston opening. The firm opened the office to get a foothold in the growing life sciences market in New England. Life sciences specialists John Hession and Lester Fagen will manage the […]

Which bash was bosh?

The hottest ticket at the bar last week was the Matrix summer party, where Tulkinghorn was hoping to hang out with Cherie and sneak some info about the new Alastair Campbell diaries. But alas, it was difficult even to get a foot in the door. The bash, at the Walks in Gray’s Inn Gardens, saw […]

A&O, Freshfields and Linklaters secure Emirates bank merger

Allen & Overy (A&O), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have scored key roles advising on a Middle Eastern banking mega-merger. Linklaters is advising Emirates Bank International on its merger with National Bank of Dubai, which is being advised by A&O. Under advice from Freshfields, Goldman Sachs is acting as the lead financial adviser to the […]

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