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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.



Northern Rock: The Rocky road to ruin

The legal profession’s finest are warming up for a conflict between angry shareholders in Northern Rock and the Government in which the finer points of insolvency law will be the battleground

Herbert Smith lays down the gauntlet

Looks like Herbies got in first for a reason. It’s usually the earliest to declare its results simply because its financial year ends in March. But this year, I reckon it was on a mission – to dispel the notion that it had dropped off the pace. With PEP over a million for a first […]

Dickson Minto rules out Willkie Farr merger

Dickson Minto has scotched Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s plans to build a transatlantic private equity powerhouse. The Anglo-Scottish firm ruled out a merger, vowing to stay independent. In an email sent to all staff and seen by The Lawyer, senior partner Alastair Dickson said: “The firm has worked with Willkie Farr closely for a number […]

Skadden appoints new top dog

Skadden appoints new top dog” />Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom announced today (Friday 16 May) that M&A partner Eric Friedman is to succeed Bob Sheehan as the firm’s executive partner. Friedman will take over from Sheehan, Skadden’s executive partner since 1994, next spring. In a statement, Sheehan said Freidman was “the perfect choice” to […]

Personal injury

In May 2007, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a set of proposals aimed at radically overhauling the UK’s personal injury (PI) system. It aimed to introduce a raft of measures designed to speed up the process with the aim of cutting costs and improving access to justice for both claimants and defendants. The MoJ […]

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