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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.


A&O wins top lawyer from Nauta Dutilh

Allen & Overy (A&O) has poached one of the Netherlands’ most prominent intellectual property (IP) lawyers from top Dutch firm Nauta Dutilh. In Amsterdam, the arrival of Sven Klos will continue the rapid expansion of the office since it opened in January, increasing the partner count to 34 out of a total of 160 fee-earners. […]

Can’t cook, won’t cook

After spending a year out discovering her dislike for cooking and rediscovering her love for law, Nicola Walker has returned to work at Hogan & Hartson. Fiona Callister investigates If Nicola Walker can be held as an example, all lawyers should take a year away from their desks. Recently taken on to spearhead the move […]

The Multimedia

This is the fourth reverse take-over on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) for SJ Berwin since April, with the downside that it has lost its client to Sinclair Roche & Temperley in the process. The firm has acted for Multimedia Corporation since its AIM flotation in 1995, when it was a multimedia software company, and […]

Dewey Ballantine sets up international reform practice

NEW YORK firm Dewey Ballantine is hiring from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to set up an international legislative reform practice. Herbert Morais, senior assistant general counsel at the IMF, and Ian Newport, chief counsel for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, join the firm as senior policy advisers, but […]

Olswang takes on Biddle's head of media

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its IP practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice which currently employs 22 lawyers, including 4 partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial IP […]

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