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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.



Rio Tinto outsources legal work to India

Mining giant Rio Tinto has embarked on an outsourcing project that will see part of its internal and external legal needs outsourced to India. A dedicated team of 12 lawyers provided by outsourcing company CPA Global will carry out contract review, drafting, legal research and document review work on Rio Tinto’s behalf. It is estimated […]

Slaughters seals £350m rights issue for Punch Taverns

Slaughter and May has advised longstanding client Punch Taverns on a £350m rights issue, the ­second of its kind in the pub industry. Partners David Johnson and David Watkins advised Punch on the placement, made last Monday (15 June). London-based finance partner Philip Boeckman at Cravath Swaine & Moore advised Punch on US ­matters. Punch […]


Revealed: Camerons rocks

CMS Cameron McKenna emerged victorious from a hard-fought inaugural Law Rocks battle of the bands last night. Six groups from five law firms and one barristers chambers rocked a hot and sweaty 100 Club in London in front of a partisan and highly vocal audience. A hand-picked panel of judges featuring editor of The Lawyer […]


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 […]


Mayer Brown in advanced talks with A&O leveraged finance team

Mayer Brown is in advanced talks with teams from several firms in London to significantly bulk up its capital markets and corporate practice groups in the City The US firm, which was recently hit with the loss of former co-vice-chair Paul Maher, is understood to be in talks with groups of partners from up to four firms as it seeks to […]

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