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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.


Royal Bank of Scotland

This deal for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) means Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) property finance department has worked on up to £4bn worth of deals in the past six months, compared with £3bn for the whole of last year.As an elite player in property finance, RBS accounts for a good third of that work. […]

NatWest general counsel set to head FSA committee

The former group general counsel at NatWest Group is joining the Financial Services Authority (FSA) to head its new regulatory decisions committee. Christopher Fitzgerald was general counsel at the bank for five years, before which he was head of banking and executive partner for finance at Slaughter and May.He left NatWest in 2000 after it […]

SJ Berwin in Palmer Capital scoop

SJ Berwin property partner David Ryland has won a new role as adviser to property private equity house Palmer Capital Partners (PCP), despite difficult market conditions for developers. A property finance specialist, Ryland has just completed his first piece of work for PCP, a £200m five-year joint venture between PCP-backed property company Frontier Estates and […]

Caf&#233 culture

Regular readers will of course remember the recent Eversheds competition to come up with a name for its new Manchester office. Entries flooded in, with the eventual winner being the truly inspired ‘Eversheds House’. Now Tulkinghorn has a new challenge for all you creative geniuses – to name the new caf&#233 in Eversheds House. So, […]

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