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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.


BLG strengthens with double hire

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has re-enforced its employment team with the hire of Fladgate Fielder’s head of employment Adam Lambert and has recruited associate director Emily Benson for its financial services regulatory team from the Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) enforcement division. The firm has suffered from slow growth and departures this year, with commercial […]

A Christmas Carol

UK legal media lesson number six: Christmas is the season to be merry (translation: what happened to law firm parties?). Back in London you can’t move at this time of the year for champagne. So thanks to Bingham, Mourant (Mourant?!) and (God bless him) Duane Morris’ Josh Peck, aka Mr LFMP (look it up) for […]

Shepherd grows partnership to 70

Scottish-headquartered firm Shepherd & Wedderburn has bolstered its growing roster of partners to 70 following the appointment of Patricia Hawthorn as its new planning and environment partner. Hawthorn, based in the firm’s Glasgow office, is part of the Scottish executive committee of the Environment Services Association and boasts a wealth ofexperience in both the waste […]

Dickinson Dees shores up insolvency

Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson. Watson Burton will lose its only insolvency partner, the highly rated Julian Gill, to Dickinsons by next May at the latest. Watson Burton Newcastle managing partner Gillian Hall […]


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing. Move of the week Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to strengthen its antitrust, competition and trade practice in China with the relocation of London partner Alex Potter to Beijing. Potter, who specialises […]

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