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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.



Here’s a curious thing. Linklaters is acting for Bank of America, the US financial institution that, along with Citigroup, had been a main banker to bankrupt Italian food group Parmalat. On the other side of this equation is Italian powerhouse Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, which is representing the appointed commissioner (known in the UK […]

Keystone clerks

A mystery that for months has affected Upper and Middle Temple may at last have been solved. Perhaps now Temple, usually the epitome of tranquillity, can return to normality. And it will all be thanks to the courage and quick thinking of the good clerks of Littleton Chambers. The story begins with one of Littleton’s […]

Firm profile: Gibson & Co

It was an eventful 2003 for Newcastle’s Gibson & Co. In just a year the 300-year-old firm grew from four partners to six with the hire of two Allen & Overy (A&O) litigators. The firm, one of the oldest in the UK, was founded in the 1720s in the agricultural town of Hexham and has […]


Recent changes in accounting standards are likely to hit the cashflows of many law firms. Unless they take action, some practices could face severe financial difficulties. The problem is that many partners are going to face a one-off additional tax charge and will have to find ways to fund this. At the very least, these […]


So, did Hutton get the law wrong? Greg Dyke thinks so. In an interview on The Today Programme last Friday (30 January), he said: “I don’t accept all the report. Our legal team were all very surprised by the nature of the report.” Hutton was “quite clearly wrong” on some points of law, Dyke later […]

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