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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.


Shadbolts presented Queen’s Award for international trade

Surrey practice Shadbolt & Co has become only the third law firm to win a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its achievement in international trade. The 22-partner firm follows in the footsteps of City heavyweights Allen & Overy and Norton Rose, which both won the award in 1999 for their export of legal […]

powergen / e.on

Slaughter and May scooped this deal from the jaws of Freshfields after it had a massive conflict – being the law firm of choice for both Powergen, through London, and E.ON, through merger partner Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber in Germany. Slaughters was called in without beauty parading, in a move believed to be the result […]


Européenne de Froid et Services, MC International Group’s holding company, sold to Johnson Controls for euro164m (£101m). The management and Charterhouse, Advent and CDC Equity Capital – all owners of Européenne – advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp (Thomas Forschbach). Johnson Controls advised by Herbert Smith. Tibbett & Britten sells its Axial automotive business to AutoLogic […]

Last Leipzig Gaedertz partners find homes

KPMG Treuhand & Goerdeler and Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner have recruited the last partners to quit the defunct Leipzig office of Gaedertz. Corporate lawyer Peter Krüger, who set up Gaedertz’s Leipzig office in 1990, has joined the German member firm of KLegal International as its Leipzig head. Gaedertz associate Falk Hoffmann, a specialist in administrative […]

A VIEW from gibraltar

Gibraltar is a dependent territory, yet it is also an offshore one. Like the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands, it is a common law jurisdiction that has an attractive tax regime for certain categories of companies and individuals. It has its own constitution and the House of Assembly makes its own laws on […]

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