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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.


Focusing minds on limited liability

Clifford Chance has killed two birds with one stone. Not only has it created the first UK-US law firm, it has also achieved via the back door what it has wanted for years – limited liability partnership (LLP) status. LLPs protect partners’ personal assets from negligence claims against the firm, and Clifford Chance should now […]


Lovell White Durrant advised JP Morgan Securities and Banque Nationale de Paris on their involvement in Laurent-Perrier obtaining a listing on the Second Marche of the Paris Stock Exchange. Paris-based capital market partners Philip Boys and Sharon Lewis advised both parties on the equity transaction which involved a private placement in the US and an […]

City giants vie to build in Germany

If London is the gateway to Europe, then Germany is its high street and the big international firms are eyeing up the property. Until recently, the legal worlds of Germany and the UK have remained comparatively separate in spite of growing internationalisation in business. Mutual suspicion and caution, however, are beginning to evaporate in the […]

Countdown to a merger

March Rogers & Wells and Clifford Chance management meet by chance at a US conference and informal discussions get under way 7 December New York Observer breaks news of merger talks between Clifford Chance and Rogers & Wells. Clifford Chance also starts talks with Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques 25 January Story that the two […]

Cottage industries toast farm ruling

A recent Appeal Court ruling that wine making at a Shropshire vineyard is to be classed as an agricultural, not an industrial, process is set to have major implications in the farming world. Shropshire-based solicitor Niall Blackie has represented the vineyard owners during a protracted legal battle over their right to make and market wine […]

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