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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.


Simmons to focus on life sciences in Beijing

If Simmons & Simmons is permitted to open a Beijing office later this year, the firm is considering making it a life sciences hub. The Chinese authorities are yet to approve a licence for a Beijing office, which would be Simmons’ second mainland China operation after Shanghai. The firm has been in Hong Kong for […]

Law Soc works with Thompsons to promote peace in Colombia

The Law Society hosted a roundtable discussion last month (25 June) to promote wider peace talks in Colombia. The society is working with trade union specialist firm Thompsons Solicitors and non-government organisation Justice for Colombia to promote a humanitarian exchange programme to initiate a peace process aimed at ending conflict between left-wing and right-wing militias, […]

One Brick Court’s ‘king of libel bar’ abdicates

The man known as ‘the king of the libel bar’ Richard Rampton QC is standing down as the head of One Brick Court, making way for Andrew Caldecott QC in a move that will be watched closely by media lawyers. Rampton stands down after seven years, as required by the set’s constitution. Caldecott, who was […]

ILaw tells clients to name their price for legal work

Niche IP firm iLaw has launched an offensive on City IP practices with a new initiative whereby clients dictate the fees they pay. The firm wants to lure top clients away from firms charging between £400 and £700 an hour for a partner’s time by allowing the client to pay what they think the matter […]

Blackstone dominates Sheff Utd hearing as relegation stands

A trio of Blackstone chambers barristers played key roles in an arbitration victory for the FA Premier League after Sheffield United failed to overturn its demotion to the Championship next season. The arbitration panel was asked to consider whether Sheffield United could appeal a decision by a Premier League committee, which fined West Ham United […]

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