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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.


Flotations & Financing

SJ Berwin & Co, headed by property finance partner David Ryland, has advised Schroders on the securitisation of the Chiswick Park Property Unit Trust which is acquiring the Chiswick Park business development site. The site is being acquired from a subsidiary of shipping group Kvaerner for £50m.

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 […]

Paul Weiss plots to open in London

US firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is to open an office in London. The 350-lawyer firm has been looking at options for launching in the City since early this year, joining the throng of transatlantic firms. Paul Weiss’s new managing partner Alfred Youngwood, who took up his post on 1 May, says: “We […]

Profession 'failing ethnic minorities'

Law firms are failing to implement race relations policies so that the majority of ethnic minority legal trainees struggle to find work after they finish training. The claim comes in Let’s Get It Right: Race and Justice 2000, a report by the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), that shows only […]

Calling banking secrecy to account

Monty Raphael, senior partner, Peters & Peters David Kirk, managing partner, Muirhead & Burton Gwen Griffiths, head of banking, Hammond Suddards Last week, the assistant New York district attorney called for an end to banking secrecy laws which prohibit the exploration of confidential information on individuals and companies. John Moscow said at a conference marking […]

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