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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.


Ofgem snubs law firms over energy supplier probe

Energy watchdog Ofgem has cut out the middle man and gone straight to the bar for advice on its investigation into energy suppliers. The regulator instructed 13-year-call ;barrister Thomas de la Mare of Blackstone Chambers to assist on the seven-month inquiry. Ofgem found that at least 4.3 million customers were being overcharged but did not […]

Cadwalader loses restructuring partner

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has suffered its third defection since it laid off 96 lawyers in July this year. London restructuring partner Jackson Taylor has moved to Latham & Watkins one month after New York environmental litigator Andrew Perel left Cadwalader for Steptoe & Johnson. Earlier this year (26 August), The Lawyer reported on the […]

Plan for Portugal outpost sees Gómez-Acebo forge ahead with global ambition

Spanish independent firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is planning to launch its first office in Portugal as it ­pushes an expansion plan across the firm. A ;spokesperson ;for Gómez-Acebo confirmed that it was looking to open an office of between 25 and 30 lawyers in Portugal in the first half of 2009. The ;move ;is ;part […]

A&O, Addleshaws advise on building society rescue

Allen & Overy and Addleshaw Goddard were the main legal advisers in the merger of Barnsley Building Society with regional rival Yorkshire Building Society. Barnsley, which turned to Addleshaws partners Adam Bennett (pictured), with Neil Woolhouse and Nick Hopper, sought a merger after being forced to write off up to £10m of money held in […]

TwoBirds signs up for Kaplan Law School LPC

Fledgling LPC provider Kaplan Law School has signed up a second law firm for its bespoke course. Kaplan, the London arm of Nottingham Law School, has struck a deal with Bird & Bird that will see all of the firm’s future trainees ­complete a firm-specific LPC from September 2009. The move was welcomed the head […]

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