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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.



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 […]

In brief: Cameron McKenna

Cameron McKenna’s head of project finance in Asia, David Renton, is to join Herbert Smith’s Hong Kong office. Electricity specialist Renton has been in the Cameron McKenna Hong Kong office for six years.

Wilson Sonsini shocked as partner defects to Davis Polk & Wardwell

A leading technology partner at Silicon Valley’s largest law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has been poached by New York giantsDavis Polk & Wardwell. Davis Polk’s international presence is said to have been the bait which lured Francis Currie away from the Wilson Sonsini where he has been a partner since 1984. For the […]

Morgan Lewis loses key partner

The head of commercial property at the London office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Stephen Turner, is to join Baker & McKenzie. It is understood that Morgan Lewis has still to decide who will take over Turner’s position. The firm has no other lawyers advising on property. Turner says he is taking clients […]

The evidence on withholding taxes

Heather Corben, partner, SJ Berwin Paul Hale, head of corporate taxes, Simmons & Simmons Kevin Ashman, group manager of tax, Lovell White Durrant City lawyers are keeping a close eye on how Gordon Brown steers the UK’s way through the EU debate on whether withholding tax will be introduced here. Various pundits have pointed out […]

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