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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.



Norton Rose acted for Helical Bar on its the acquisition of 8-10 Mansion House Place, London, and for the £12m funding of the development with Depfa Bank. Joint sellers The Drapers’ Company and the City Parochial Foundation were advised by Bircham & Co and Farrer & Co, respectively. Allen & Overy acted for Depfa Bank.

Justice hands over casework to criminal cases appeals body

Justice is winding down one of its core activities: the campaigns it has waged for 40 years against individual miscarriages of justice. Instead the group will concentrate its limited resources on scrutinising the new Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to ensure it does its job effectively. Justice legal officer Razia Karim said the setting up […]

US firm recruits

US firm Brown & Wood has head-hunted Freshfield international securitisation expert Neil Campbell. Campbell, a senior lawyer at Freshfields, joins the US firm as a partner in its Hong Kong office. Previously with Citicorp Investment Bank and Clifford Chance, he is the second UK lawyer to join the Brown & Wood multinational partnership.

Litigation Personal Injury 18/11/97

Dixon v Sussex University – QBD 21 October 1997 Claimant: Peter Dixon, 4Incident: Injury at workplace Injuries: Claimant, a university groundsman, wrenched his back shifting 40 paving slabs each of which weighed 70lb at grounds of university in Brighton. Claimed his injury was result of him being negligently required to do a task that carried […]

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH opens Dusseldorf office

Dutch-Belgian firm DSH Derks Star Busmann Hanotiau has become the third international firm – after Shearman & Sterling and Clifford Chance – to establish a permanent base in Dusseldorf. From the start of next year, Ton Heebing, a dual Dutch-German-qualified partner in the firm’s Arnheim office, will be stationed in the city on a full-time […]

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