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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.



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 […]

Harvey Ingram Owston

Harvey Ingram – putting Leicester on the map The managing partner of Leicester firm Harvey Ingram Owston, Chris Finlay, proudly reveals that the firm is acting for the daughter-in-law of Max Silberberg, a renowned Polish art collector. “His art collection [of 240 well-known paintings] was appropriated by the Nazis,” he says. “This client was the […]

Slaughters leads Harcourt clearance

Camerons gives way to magic circle firm after Simpson Thacher tip Slaughter and May has scooped a victory for US publisher Harcourt General before the Competition Commission after being drafted in by US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.The £3.2bn acquisition of Harcourt by Anglo-Dutch rival Reed Elsevier was referred to the commission in February. After […]

DTI gifts Linklaters £50k to ease stress

Linklaters has been given a £55,000 Government handout to help it draw up a better work-life balance for staff. The funding, which comes in the form of consultancy time, is part of a £4m nationwide fund aimed at promoting innovative work practices.Executive partner Mark Payne, who will oversee the project said: “It’s a question of […]

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