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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.



On 14 May , The Lawyer reported that claimants’ solicitors had received around £800m from the Government for miners’ compensation scheme work. That figure referred to costs for the 30 firms that had reaped the most from the scheme. The total figure now exceeds £1bn. The article also stated that 200,000 claims are waiting to […]

DWS Gulf energy head quits for Baker Botts Dubai role

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) head of energy and projects for the Gulf region has left the firm to join Baker Botts in its Dubai office. Sean Korney, who moved to the DWS Dubai office two years ago from Singapore, was part of the nine-strong energy and projects team. DWS Dubai managing partner Neil Cuthbert said: […]



Luxembourg’s flexible approach to corporate law has given investors a range of tailored fund structures. François Pfister and Stef Oostvogels report Luxembourg can offer many benefits to the international investment community, including a booming financial sector, a large degree of flexibility, political stability and a talented workforce. Over the years the country has strengthened both […]


The offshore market slowed down a notch in the first half of 2007 after the flurry of mammoth mergers that typified the past two years. Slow and steady growth became the name of the game, with firms looking to consolidate their offerings through lateral hires, such as Conyers Dill & Pearman’s hire of Nigel Meeson […]

DLA Piper widens North-South divide with salary revamp

DLA Piper is the latest firm to announce newly qualified (NQ) salary increases, with associates in Scotland receiving a whopping 90 per cent less than their City counterparts. London NQs are now on a salary of £63,000, a rise of 19 per cent on the £53,000 they received last year. In the firm’s Birmingham, Leeds, […]

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