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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.


Clifford Chance makes Linklaters Tokyo hire

Clifford Chance has hired a Linklaters capital markets partner for its Tokyo office. Reiko Sakimura was made up to Linklaters’ partnership in 2005 after spending four years with UBS Warburg as an executive director in the investment banking division. Clifford Chance’s Tokyo office managing partner and head of capital markets in Tokyo, Peter Kilner, said: […]

FFW real estate quartet in RPC switch

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has raided Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) for a four-lawyer team to ramp up its real estate group. FFW partner Martin ­Barrett, who currently heads the projects, infrastructure, commercial and industrial group, will be joining RPC as its head of real estate to replace the retired David Haywood. RPC managing partner Jonathan […]

AIG hands $20bn rescue mandate to Sullivan

US insurance giant AIG drafted in Sullivan & Cromwell to advise it on its $20bn (£11.23bn) lifeline from ;New ;York ;State ­regulators. The facility will allow AIG to borrow money off its ­balance sheets using its ­subsidiaries as security, and it is understood that further emergency funding is ­currently being arranged. The ;Sullivan ;team includes […]


Halliwells to cut up to 40 property staff

Halliwells has become the latest firm to launch a redundancy consultation across its real estate practice, potentially cutting as many as 40 staff. The consultation will affect both fee-earners and support staff in the firm’s Liverpool, London Manchester and Sheffield offices. The news comes just two days after Wragge & Co announced a similar consultation […]

The bigger bang: who’s got what in the Lehman, HBOS sagas

The groans of the US’s fourth-largest bank and a Scottish heavyweight as they unceremoniously fall to their knees. The rustle of papers in cardboard boxes as they are carried through swishing ­revolving doors. The tapping of fingers of Lehman Brothers’ lawyers anxiously composing CVs. The rubbing of recruiters’ hands being brought together in glee. The […]

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