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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.


Market researchers recruit for merger

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have been handed places on the £2.2bn merger of market research giants Taylor Nelson Sofres (TNS) and Germany’s GfK. Freshfields corporate partner Jeff Roberts led the team representing UK-based TNS. GfK was advised by Slaughters partner Simon Nicholls, alongside German ally Hengeler Mueller partners Christof Jaeckle and Bernd […]

Money laundering traps for the unwary

Lawyers are constantly bombarded with warnings concerning any failure to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (MLR 2007). The theory of these warnings is simple enough, but when applied in practice, it is all too easy to find yourself in breach of the law. Identity Verification For example, Mr Smith is a partner in […]

Making light of reading

Like the lawyers at Pinsent Masons, Tulkinghorn does most of his reading in the office with the white-tiled floor. The cubicle might be small, but it is a good place to get through a Churchill biography or two. Unfortunately, a Pinsent Masons partner recently had a less than relaxing read of his favourite tome in […]

Founding partner takes down Bakers Bologna

Baker & McKenzie has lost its Bologna office six years after it launched in the Italian city with a local merger. Office head Giorgio Bernini will leave Baker & McKenzie, taking a four lawyer team with him including arbitration and litigation partner Anna Maria Bernini. Corporate associate Filippo Fonzi will join Baker & McKenzie’s Milan […]

Separated at birth

Fresh from 10 years at the helm of the UK government, former prime minister Tony Blair has turned his attention to the launch of the new Nottingham Law at Kaplan Law School in London, where he is known to colleagues as chief executive Giles Proctor. Having trained as a barrister, Blair has come full circle […]

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