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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.


Mr Justice Vos

Vos J to oversee claims relating to News of the World phone-hacking scandal

The Chancellor of the High Court Sir Andrew Morritt has assigned Mr Justice Vos to case manage claims relating to phone-hacking enquiries against the Metropolitan Police. Lawyers representing more than a dozen MPs and high-profile figures wrote to Morritt requesting that he assign a judge to case manage the matters to help streamline the court […]


Competition: Kent County Council

Geoff Wild  Kent County Council (KCC) legal chief Geoff Wild is not averse to going against the grain. At a time when the political orthodoxy is that public sector organisations should cede control of certain services to the private sector, charities and individuals, and reduce both their size and remit, Wild has continually sought […]


When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg declared in ­January 2010 that privacy was no longer a social norm he was articulating a profound shift in attitude over information. This, along with the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 which requires public bodies to be more transparent, makes it clear that lawyers are operating in a changed […]


Houston, we have a law firm?

It’s suddenly all about Houston. As this week’s feature shows, the glut of US firms rushing into the world’s oil capital like a gang of teenagers at a TopShop sale may not be alone. Linklaters, for one, is looking more and more closely at the city and even sent a group of partners out to […]

Relocation: Informa

John Burton Informa, the FTSE250 publishing group behind Lloyd’s List and Datamonitor, relocated to Switzerland in 2009. But informal discussions had been ongoing since 2006, says ­company secretary and general ­counsel John Burton. “I work quite closely with our group tax director [Bas ter Balkt],” says Burton. “He joined us through an acquisition and that […]

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