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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.


Suffragette city

Only a few firms are addressing the gender imbalance that exists at equity partner level. Catrin Griffiths reports on why Pannones tops the table for female partners As with motherhood and apple pie, it is impossible to find a firm that is against the idea of having more senior female lawyers. Yet while the number […]

Donns has date with Destiny in wake of Clementi review

North West personal injury (PI) firm Donns has become the first client of a brand new legal services management company. Destiny Legal Services has been launched to help law firms modernise in the wake of the Clementi review, providing a range of services such as case handling infrastructure, IT and HR support. Destiny chief executive […]

Firms battle for control of Romanian property fund

Law firms are lining up to compete for advisory roles on a multimillion-pound Romanian fund set up to compensate owners of houses nationalised during the country’s Communist regime. Allen & Overy, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, Crowell & Moring, Eversheds, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hayhurst Robinson, Linklaters, Norton Rose, Salans and Shearman & Sterling are among […]

Freshfields director quits as finance teams merge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s central management has seen its first shake-up since the election of Guy Morton as senior partner. Last week the partners were told that managing director Kirk Stephenson had resigned from the firm to pursue other career opportunities. Stephenson joined the firm in 1999 as finance director and, at one point, was seen […]

Skadden scoops top spot for Q1 M&A

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has come top of mergermarket’s preliminary European M&A league tables after advising on four of the five biggest deals in the first quarter of 2006. The US firm acted on 13 deals worth EUR115bn. This included roles on the quarter’s biggest deal, Endesa’s EUR47bn takeover by E.ON, Arcelor’s proposed […]

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