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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.


Brief Encounter: Ozannes

Who would have thought that a Channel Island firm would have cropped up quite so often in The Lawyer IPO 2000 Survey? But Guernsey firm Ozannes did, making an appearance in the top 10 (albeit at number nine) of the league table charting which firms acted on the largest number of UK IPOs between January […]

This week

International Development Secretary Clare Short is fighting a Cabinet battle to have her reforms to end world poverty through overseas aid enshrined into law in the next session of Parliament. Her department is drafting the first international development act for over 20 years.


Law Society president Michael Napier has declared the House of Lords’ decision to throw out the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No 2) Bill as a “great victory for human rights”. Had the bill gone through, it would have scrapped the right to trial by jury for “either-or” offences.

Competition lawyers slam EC over BA-KLM merger failure

The European Commission (EC) is under attack from lawyers over its handling of the proposed merger between British Airways (BA) and KLM. The now defunct talks between the carriers, which would have resulted in a £5bn merger, fell through on 21 September following two and a half months of negotiations, after both sides failed to […]

A View From Berlin

In Germany, the days of the Bonn Republic now seem like a distant memory. The market town on the Rhine, whose only claim to attention is that Deutsche Telekom insists on maintaining its headquarters there, can return to being a sleepy settlement. It is now known only as being the short straw for a few […]

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