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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’.


Norton Rose turnover goes through the roof

Norton Rose has increased its turnover by 25 per cent, while profits soar by 34 per cent on last year’s figures. Turnover this year has been estimated at £175m and profits at £79m, increasing average profits per partner from £454,000 to £527,000. The banking team has done particularly well, increasing its turnover by 37 per […]


Jim Diamond

At the Solicitors Costs Conference in London in November 1999, I was asked to present my views on the future of legal costs, presumably as I was a critic of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) from a legal costs perspective (The Lawyer, 10 January 1999). The panel included three judges and a past president of […]

Lawrence Graham posts record profits

London firm Lawrence Graham has had a record increase in profits for the last year and upped average partner pay by around 35 per cent. The firm’s turnover has grown to £49.3m from last year’s £39.7m, a 24 per cent increase. Profits have gone up by even more – the average partner now takes home […]

Freshfields Amsterdam partner quits for Brussels

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s international arbitration group is to lose a leading partner from the firm’s Amsterdam office. Albert Jan van den Berg is leaving to set up his own arbitration boutique in Brussels later this year. He joined from Stibbe (then Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot) in 1999, when Freshfields set up its greenfield Dutch practice. […]

A year ago this week

A&O steals BT contract for e-commerce float Allen & Overy (A&O) was selected in a beauty parade to work on the flotation of BT’s international directories and e-commerce business Yell. This was the first time the firm instructed BT, which had previously enjoyed longstanding relationships with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters & Alliance. This was […]

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