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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.


Legal & General claims victory in battle with FSA

Legal & General (L&G) is claiming to have scored a major victory in its high-profile case against the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The Financial Services and Markets Tribunal today cleared L&G of wide-spread mis-selling of endowments, proving that only eight out of the 152 were mis-sold. The Tribunal also indicated that the £1.1m fine imposed […]

Arnold & Porter bags securities team

Washington DC-based Arnold & Porter has bagged a team of six securities litigation lawyers from the DC office of Texas firm Fulbright & Jaworski. Michael Trager, who heads the team, joins Arnold & Porter as a partner and head of the firm’s securities enforcement practice. He is joined by partners Richard Jacobson and Charles Wenner […]

SJ Berwin targets French real estate with new Orrick arrival

SJ Berwin is setting out to attack the French real estate market with the hire of a partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ann Hieu Ly Ky joined SJ Berwin at the beginning of the year, following two years spent as a partner at Orrick’s Paris office. Her appointment is intended to develop SJ Berwin’s real estate […]

Home security

As offshoring takes an ever firmer hold in the UK, Gilbert McClung examines new regulations that protect the vulnerable UK workforce The fundamental purpose of a company, however enshrined in its Memorandum of Association, is to maximise profits and shareholder returns. If the best way of doing this (at least in the eyes of the […]

Ready, willing and able?

Watch out, watch out, there’s a dodgy will-writer about. Last week, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) upheld a complaint made by the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) about National Legal Services’ advert for will-writing services. In a suitably outraged tone, the ASA’s press blurb said that consumers were “frequently shocked to find that individuals and […]

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