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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.


Legal widow

Throughout his life, the Lawyer has regarded his career as being like a great mountain rearing up in front of him. He watched his step through the moraine of university and training; he found his footing and sped up the lower reaches of associatehood; he got his head down and put in the solid work […]

Heller Ehrman takes new space in Washington

Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe has cemented its focus on building its Washington DC base by signing up for new office space. The firm, which has made six lateral hires in Washington since 2002, has signed a lease for 83,000sq ft of space at an office on Rhode Island Avenue, where it will become the […]

Careers: people

Gateley Wareing has recruited a new associate to bolster the corporate services division in its Birmingham HQ. Chris Reed, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals as well as joint ventures, joins from Wragge & Co. Suffolk-based Quantrills Solicitors has hired Priya Nainthy for its specialist employment team. Nainthy was previously a senior employment lawyer at […]


FCO fights child abduction with human rights overhaul

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has extended an existing panel on human rights to include child abduction cases. Members of the panel, made up of three solicitors and three barristers with family law expertise, will work on a pro bono basis when required to help UK nationals involved in child abduction cases. Those appointed […]

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw boosts construction with Hammonds hire

Mayer Brown Rose & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office. Jonathan Hosie will join MBR&M’s City-based construction and engineering group as its sixth partner on September 6. He is a legacy partner of Edge Ellison, which merged with Hammonds in 2000. Hosie specialises in risk management under building and engineering […]

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