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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.


Screen savers

Over the past couple of years, an online dealroom has become the must-have accessory for the City’s finest. To date, though, there has been very little feedback on their success or client interest. And while some predict that the online dealroom will soon become the workplace norm, for many others the question is, what do […]

A united Britannic

Britannic, traditionally limited to life assurance services, has dramatically broadened its horizons, effectively making the in-house legal department group-wide. Mary Murphy meets the head of legal to see how she coped with the changes Today’s Britannic is unrecognisable from the company of two years ago. Back then, it dealt solely in life assurance, with all […]

Mourant expands trust outfit

The trust company linked to Jersey law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is boosting its share plan administration business with a major acquisition in Croydon. Mourant & Co is taking over the share plan administration business of William M Mercer in the UK, and will become one of the biggest such businesses in Britain. […]


FAQs: Frequently asked questions, the internet’s own quirky version of a help file. Back in the days when newsgroups were the most popular and dynamic “communities” online, seasoned veterans grew sick of telling “newbies” the basics, and so created a file to which they could be directed when they wanted a basic grounding in a […]


Although there is no single central register, best estimates suggest that there are almost 20,000 lawyers practising in Brussels. Of those, perhaps 700-1,000 are UK-qualified. The vast majority are there to advise on European law. As there is no statutory monopoly on the provision of legal advice, they are able to reside in Belgium and […]

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