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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.


Firms must practice what they preach

It is an interesting scenario that lawyers, who provide top notch advice on the most complex business management matters, are themselves often the worst at putting such advice into practice in their own organisations. Indeed, the same could probably be said of the myriad of other professional organisations which are in the business of giving […]


Shearmans and Skadden Arps win Citicorp deal

Lawyers played a “focal role” in the US$166bn Citicorp and Travelers merger claimed to be the largest ever according to James Healy, London partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, the US firm which is advising Travelers. Healy said that the lawyers’ role was raised by the fact that the deal took place with […]

New Hungary guide

Cameron McKenna has published what is believed to be the first guide to the new corporate legislation in Hungary, which will come into force this summer. Its Hungarian Update details the changes which are aimed at protecting creditors and minimising uncertainty in the existing company law. Stephen Forster, senior partner at Cameron McKenna’s Budapest office, […]

In brief: Non lawyers in privileges committee

Scottish Law Society president John Elliot wishes to point out that his speech on the establishment of a privileges committee emphasised that it should include lay-people and not “lawyers and lay-people” as stated in our report.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 21/4/98

John Mushens Ditchburn, 80, admitted 1945, practising at material time on own account as Bretherton Ditchburn and Nelson in Sunderland, reprimanded with no order for costs. He had qualified as a solicitor in 1943 having passed his examinations while a prisoner of war in Czechoslovakia. Allegations substantiated that he used funds purportedly for costs, submitted […]

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