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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.



Hextalls fails to cut Middlesbrough FC liability payout

Hextalls has failed in its bid to reduce a landmark compensation order made against its client Middlesbrough Football Club by a former Manchester United hopeful. Beachcroft secured former footballer Ben Collett a record £4.5m in compensation from the club last August after Collett broke his leg in a reserve game against Middlesbrough six years ago. […]

A&O, Links advise on Sainsbury’s capital raising

Two magic circle firms have secured lead roles on Sainsbury’s £445m capital raising. Linklaters corporate partner Mark Stamp advised longstanding client Sainsbury’s on the deal while Allen & Overy partners Mark Dighero and Jonathan Mellor advised the banks UBS and Morgan Stanley. The deal involves a convertible bond. Sainsbury’s aim to use the capital raised […]


BLP cuts 85 jobs at the end of consultation

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has cut 85 jobs at the end of a redundancy consultation that got underway in May. The firm made 47 compulsory redundancies, while 32 took voluntary redundancy and six employees have taken early retirement. BLP declined to comment on the number of lawyers who lost their jobs as part of the […]


SRA names Herbies consultant as next chair

Herbert Smith consultant Charles Plant has been appointed as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board. Plant will begin his four-year term on 1 January 2010, when current chair Peter Williamson will stand down. Plant said: “I know that the SRA board, like other legal regulators, faces significant challenges in developing its […]


Buss Murton completes pre-packed administration

Tunbridge Wells firm Buss Murton, which has been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) since November, has completed a pre-packed administration. The firm faced near-collapse after ambitious  growth plans laid down by a previous management team left it saddled with debts of more than £3m. In November last year senior partner Alan Williams told […]

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