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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.


Dickinson Dees lures County Durham’s head of legal

The interim head of legal at Durham County Council has left to set up a dedicated public law group at Dickinson Dees. Linda Walker oversaw the council’s legal function throughout its conversion into a unitary authority, which was completed in April. Durham was the only one of the nine new unitary councils not to have […]


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. […]

Mishcon shifts family into private client

Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold. Managing partner Kevin Gold said the new practice area would bring contentious trust lawyers together with those in probate, residential conveyancing and immigration. “Ultimately family law will also be in the private client practice,” he told The […]

Simmons makes up four to partner

Simmons & Simmons has promoted four new associates to its partnership, representing a drop of 80 per cent on last year’s bumper crop. In 2008 the firm promoted 18 new partners to its ranks (, 7 May 2008). Two of this year’s new partners are in financial markets, one is in corporate and one is […]


Canadian shield

Canada’s traditional cautiousness served it well when the crunch hit and its law firms are now taking advantage of their domestic clients’ newfound sense of adventure. As the global economy crashed last year Canada weathered the storm reasonably well. The demise of the US subprime market sparked the collapse of other global markets, with the US itself […]

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