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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.



A&O makes up 15 to role of counsel

Allen & Overy has promoted 15 to the position of counsel, an alternative career path created by the firm in 2006. The 15 counsel have been been promoted across nine jurisdictions in three continents. The biggest single group, with a total of four counsel, were made up in Luxembourg, while just three are based in […]

Mishcons snares Hunter for construction role

West End firm Mishcon de Reya has hired Finers Stephens Innocent (FSI) partner Simon Hunter to head its construction team. The newly created position will see Hunter head a team of three partners. At FSI, Hunter led the construction practice for three years. He specialises in contentious and non-­contentious issues and will form part of […]

Mayer Brown completes management overhaul

Mayer Brown has completed the restructuring of its management team after electing the final five partners to its 12-member partnership board. The new structure will be launched officially on 1 June when new chairman Bert Krueger (pictured) replaces former head James Holzhauer. Last week The Lawyer reported that the firm was conducting a second round […]


Travers Smith names employment head Lilley as next chief

Travers Smith has named a successor to managing partner Chris Carroll, handing the firm’s leadership to head of employment Andrew Lilley. Carroll (pictured) is to remain at the firm, but is understood to be taking a lengthy sabbatical. Carroll has served three terms, taking over from Alasdair Douglas in January 2001. Travers Smith does not […]

Virgin hires ex-SJ Berwin partner

Former SJ Berwin partner Charlotte McMillan has joined Virgin Media in the newly created role of assistant general counsel. McMillan was one of four SJ Berwin partners to leave the firm earlier this year after it decided to close its media practice. The closure was made after it was decided that film finance was no […]

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