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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.


Hands up, who did a law degree?

Here is an interesting statistic for you: the number of people making a change of career mid-stream is on the up. In 2009, 14 per cent of students enrolled on the graduate diploma in law conversion course at the University of Law were career changers. Three years on and this figure has risen to 20 […]


Anderson Strathern launches strategic review following revenue dip

Anderson Strathern has launched a strategic review after revenues dropped by 4 per cent at the latest year end, following three consecutive years of growth. The Scottish firm, which started its financial year yesterday (1 September), is targeting revenues of £23m by 2016, after turnover dropped from £22.8m to £21.8m in 2012/13. Managing partner Andrew […]


2018: The voices of private practice management

From rapid consolidation to the rise of the alternative business structures, here leading managing partners set out their vision for the future. David Stewart, CEO, Olswang Consolidation will accelerate.  The strong growth in emerging markets, and in particular the China and Asia Pacific markets, will drive a need for greater scale and globally integrated client […]

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ESMA publishes opinion on AIFMD rules covering late transposition

The European Securities and Markets Authority has published on 1 August an opinion on what rules should apply to alternative fund managers and their cross-border marketing of funds where this might be affected by the failure of European Union member states to adopt the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) into national law on time. […]

2013 Chambers 100 listing recognises two Stephenson Harwood partners

Stephenson Harwood has announced that John Fordham, head of the law firm’s litigation practice group, and Tony Woodcock, head of Stephenson Harwood’s regulatory litigation practice, have been ranked in the 2013 Chambers 100 listing. Fordham was noted in particular for his commercial awareness and efficiency and responsiveness. A client commented that he is ‘efficient and […]

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