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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.


Escalating fees force Switalski to switch lawyers

Former F&C Asset Management head of legal Gillian Switalski has sidelined Withers in favour of Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons due to the spiralling legal costs of her £19m discrimination claim against her former employers. Withers successfully represented Switalski in two tribunals for her claims of sexual discrimination, harassment and victimisation against F&C. Elaine Aarons, partner […]

Clifford Chance scoops landmark Goldman Sachs SIV bailout

Clifford Chance scoops landmark Goldman Sachs SIV bailout” />Clifford Chance is advising Goldman Sachs on its groundbreaking restructuring series of structured investment vehicles (SIVs). Lovells has joined Clifford Chance on several of these high profile SIV restructurings. A source close to the deal said: “The reason it is so high profile is because people have […]

Clifford Chance partner to chair ICC arbitration court

The beleaguered International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration in Paris has appointed replacement chairmen, following the current chairman’s recent shock resignation. Current chairman Pierre Tercier, who will leave the post on 30 June, will be succeeded by Salans co-founder Carl Salans as interim chairman. Salans will be replaced by Clifford Chance’s global […]

White-collar crime

As businesses start to tighten their belts as the economic slowdown continues, cases are being brought any potential fraudster in a bid to regain some lost cash. The Serious Fraud Office has said that it is committed to bringing fraudsters to justice, while the Office of Fair Trading has begun a frenzy of investigations into […]

Three made up at McGrigors as Gray departs for Eversheds

Scottish-headquartered firm McGrigors has made up three partners across its UK network a week after it emerged that former managing partner Colin Gray is to leave the firm for a fee-earning role at Eversheds. Martin Ewan has been promoted to the corporate practice ;in ;Aberdeen, Rosalie Mackay joins the corporate partnership in Glasgow and David […]

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