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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.


EU reforms give the all-clear for electronic documentation

Reforms to the EU’s company law regime that take account of the development of electronic communications have been approved by the EU Council of Ministers. The changes require member states to permit from 2007 the filing of official documents electronically. They also allow electronic copies of company documents to be obtained, governments to establish internet […]

Addleshaws plans LLP and MBO to offload Enact arm

Addleshaw Goddard is set to convert to a limited-liability partnership and spin-off its bulk housing business Enact, probably through a management buyout (MBO). Addleshaw Goddard, the product of a merger between national firm Addleshaw Booth & Co and City firm Theodore Goddard on 1 May, was planning to start life as an LLP, but this […]

It’s official: Freshfields ousted by Linklaters from top level RBS role

Linklaters has sealed its new relationship as preferred PLC-level adviser to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) by closing the bank’s successful acquisition of Churchill. The magic circle firm is now installed as primary board-level adviser to three of the big five UK clearing banks. As revealed by The Lawyer last week (9 June), the […]

Taylor Vinters

They do things differently at Taylor Vinters, and it seems to be working. The Cambridge-based firm broke the £10m turnover barrier for the first time during the last financial year, despite a difficult corporate and commercial market. According to managing partner Christine Berry, the growth in turnover has been driven by an increase in restructuring […]

Rare national parks inquiry goes way of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square

Robert Griffiths QC of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has beaten off several rivals to become counsel to the inquiry investigating a proposal to make the South Downs one of only two national parks to be established in the last half-century.Although the set declined to comment on Griffiths’ fees, they are likely to be substantial considering […]

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