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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.


Top firms join forces to create industry standard on Reits

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May are set to meet to forge an industry- standard approach to real estate investment trusts (Reits). The firms are to schedule a summit after winning mandates to advise the UK’s leading property companies on the first Reits. Herbert Smith corporate partner David Patterson said: “There needs […]

Pinsents’ pedant

Calling a partner at Pinsent Masons last week, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes managed to unearth the world’s most pedantic PA. The hack was in mid flow, explaining that the story he was working on involved “Pinsents” when the dear lady butted in to say the name of the firm was actually “Pinsent Masons”. After a […]

Company Law Reform Bill could be ‘half-baked’

Lawyers are warning that the Company Law Reform Bill could be “half-baked” if the Government does not allow enough time for Members of Parliament to scrutinise the bill. The bill has made its way to the committee stage of review. However, the Government is only allowing eight days to review the bill, which has 925 […]

Rock steady

A restructuring of its funds legislation, its proximity to Europe and good quality infrastructure are making Gibraltar an enticing proposition for fund promoters, says James Lasry The global expansion in funds has put considerable pressure on established fund centres such as Dublin, Luxembourg and the Caribbean. This has given rise to delays in fund establishment […]

Sports firm spawned from Hill Dickinson

Hill Dickinson has lost one of its top sports lawyers. Partner Chris Farnell has left the firm to set up his own sports and media boutique. Assistant Paul Fletcher went with Farnell and becomes a partner in the new firm, which is called IPS Law. Farnell said that the time was right to start a […]

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