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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.


BLP poaches CC tax partner

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has bagged Clifford Chance partner Michael Wistow as its newly-created role of head of tax. Wistow will work with John Overs, who is corporate head of tax, head of personal tax Jonathan Kropman and Moira Protani, head of charity law. The tax specialist is BLP’s second statement hire this year, after […]

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop Terra Firma infrastructure deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters advised on the latest infrastructure deal that saw private equity house Terra Firma sell a 50 per cent stake in a German motorway service station operator to Deutsche Bank’s infrastructure arm. Corporate partner David Higgins at Freshfields advised RREEF, the US infrastructure division of Deutsche Bank, on the sale of […]

Profit plummets at Watson Burton

Newcastle’s Watson Burton has recorded a breathtaking drop in profitability in the firm’s first financial year-end figures since ousting senior partner Andrew Hoyle. Partners are reeling at provisional average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £220,000, down by almost half a million from 2006-07’s record figure of £712,000. Total turnover has also dropped, from £22.9m […]

RJW launches parliamentary team as part of Clementi drive

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to open a new parliamentary and legal affairs department, to be headed by the firm’s current head of the trade union services group Fraser Whitehead. The move comes as RJW continues to reposition itself for the post-Clementi era and as part of its strategy to add value to the […]

Split and Polish

It’s all been kicking off in Warsaw of late. First of all Baker & McKenzie‘s former local managing partner Tomasz Ujejski was leaving to join Squire Sanders & Dempsey. Then he wasn’t. Then he really was (see story). Oh, and he took a load of colleagues with him. At the same time Squire Sanders’ former […]

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