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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.


KKR turns to Simpson Thacher for first general counsel

Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has handed a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner the role of its first ever general counsel. New York-based partner David Sorkin will spearhead the group’s legal team after working at the US firm for 20 years. It has been reported that KKR has considered appointing a general […]

Stibbe usurps Lovells on SABMiller deal

SABMiller has passed over longstanding adviser Lovells on its €816m (£583m) bid for the Dutch brewer Grolsch, turning instead to Herbert Smith alliance firm Stibbe. It is understood that SABMiller’s financial adviser ABN Amro recommended the Dutch firm over Lovells’ Amsterdam office, which has only nine partners. SABMiller’s general counsel and former Lovells partner John […]

Web week

Second strife Second Life is quickly turning into an online version of Lincoln’s Inn, but with more outlandish clothes. The virtual world now has its own alternative dispute centre, where avatars can go and thrash out their problems without going through the nonexistent court system in Second Life. This adds to the patent and trademark […]

New world

As business becomes more globalised, so too does regulation. Jonathan Pickworth looks at the risk impact of this new era Across the world regulators are more powerful and better resourced than ever before. Most westernised governments have realised that for businesses to take regulation seriously it is necessary to criminalise liabilities, to personalise responsibilities on […]

Salans Paris bags Taylor Wessing real estate team

Salans has raided Taylor Wessing, hiring a five-lawyer team to boost its Paris real estate practice. Taylor Wessing partners François Verdot and Antonia Raccat join Salans in Paris along with three associates. They will jointly manage Salans’ real estate practice in France with Henry Lazarski. The team hire takes the practice up to five partners […]

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