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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.


…as Freshfields attacks the Dutch finance market

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is ramping up its global finance capability with the relocation of newly made-up partner Andrew Petry and a team from London to Amsterdam. Petry joins three Dutch finance partners in the Amsterdam office, all of whom have worked in other jurisdictions. The team includes Richard Nobrius, Jeroen Thijssen, who joined from Nauta […]

Perkins Coie Taiwan office falls victim to technology slowdown

Perkins Coie has closed its Taiwan office. The combined effects of increased competition and a slowdown in its traditional technology client base have forced the US firm to assess its strategy for the region. Now relieved of its first office in the region, the firm will instead direct resources to Hong Kong and Beijing.Local managing […]

Police group uses Rowe & Cohen

North West firm Rowe & Cohen has won a mandate to act as the National Black Police Association’s (NBPA) official legal adviser. The work was won following recommendations from members of another police organisation, the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA).Senior partner Simon Cohen said: “It’s come via a referral. We’ve acted for officers in respect of […]


When Liverpool Victoria bought the Royal National Pension Fund for Nurses for £248m two weeks ago, not many people batted an eyelid. The 155,000 policy holders were pretty pleased with the prospect of bigger bonuses at the end of the year but, apart from that, the earth didn’t move for many onlookers.Except at Lovells and […]

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