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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.


Wragges joins salary war with 20 per cent pay hike

Wragge & Co has joined the associate salary race among national firms, upping starting salaries for its City newly-qualified associates (NQs) by more than a fifth. NQs based at the firm’s London office will now take home £62,000, an increase of £11,000, or 21 per cent, on the £51,000 NQs received last year. The increase […]

Going straight

Corporate scandals have triggered a rethink in Japan’s approach to compliance as business looks to learn from its global counterparts. By Peter Godwin The past five years have seen unsurprising yet significant changes in the regulatory environment in Japan. Where previously compliance departments were – outside perhaps of the financial services industry – almost unknown, […]

A&O, Ashurst and SJ Berwin scoop £1bn Canary Wharf deal

Allen & Overy, Ashurst and SJ Berwin each landed a role advising on the £1bn sale of Citigroup’s Canary Wharf European headquarters, with the deal closing on Saturday night (30 June). Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which bought the building four years ago, sold the 42-storey property to a joint venture between Irish businessman Derek […]

CC scores role advising Debevoise client

Clifford Chance has scooped a role advising longstanding Debevoise & Plimpton private equity client Clayton Dubilier & Rice on an exit. Corporate partner Simon Tinkler represented the firm on the deal, which saw the private equity house sell its majority shareholding in Brake Bros Holding to Bannerbrick, a company owned and controlled by Bain Capital. […]

DLA Piper bags Camerons Warsaw partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Warsaw partner Michal Zieniewski is to join two former Squire Sanders & Dempsey partners at DLA Piper’s fledgling Warsaw office. •CMS Cameron McKenna Warsaw partner Michal Zieniewski is to join two former Squire Sanders & Dempsey partners at DLA Piper‘s fledgling Warsaw office. As reported by The Lawyer (18 June), Krzysztof Wiater […]

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