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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.


Freshfields prompts Euro court change

A case brought by Freshfields challenging a European Commission ruling is prompting procedural changes to how the European courts handle commercial cases. The firm’s client, RJB Mining, challenged the way the Commission awards mining subsidies. Since the case was heard in the Court of the First Instance of the European Communities in Luxembourg, a white […]

Litigation Writs 20/9/99

Two widows whose husbands died when the main rotor fell off their helicopter are taking the company which owned the aircraft to the High Court. Helen Husler of Epworth, Doncaster, whose husband Peter was flight observer on the Augusta Bell Jet Ranger 111, and Engelberta Thorne of Weybridge, Surrey, whose husband Peter was pilot, are […]

Dibbs signs lord to EC lobby unit

Dibb Lupton Alsop has landed a major coup for its Brussels practice by signing up Liberal Democrat Lord Tim Clement-Jones as head of its new government policy unit. The unit will act on behalf of Dibbs’ clients in a fact-finding and lobbying capacity within the European Commission. Clement-Jones still has to receive clearance from the […]

Herbert Smith enjoys a second Highland fling

Herbert Smith has just completed its second major deal for Highland Distillers in under a month. The firm advised the Famous Grouse whisky distiller on last week’s recommended £601.4m take-over by the 1887 Company. 1887 Company is an enterprise set up by the Edrington Group and William Grant & Sons. Maclay Murray & Spens and […]


Macfarlanes advised Ironbridge Estates and Morrison Developments in their joint purchase of the Bligh’s Meadow site in Sevenoaks town centre from Sevenoaks District Council. The scheme will create 50,000 sq ft of new retail space. Richard Reuben, commercial property partner at Macfarlanes, headed a team which included construction lawyer Patrick Holmes and property assistant Daniel […]

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