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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.


Doughty’s Fitzgerald gives lifers new hope

Edward Fitzgerald QC takes lead role in case that strips Home Secretary of his power to set minimum jail terms for convicted murderers Doughty Street Chambers’ well known human rights barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC has just won his second case this year challenging the powers of the Home Secretary. The Lords has ruled that the […]

Boyes forms biotech and construction teams

Reading-based firm Boyes Turner is launching specialised biotech and construction practices. Boyes Turner claims that the biotech practice, headed by new associate Kathy Minter, will be Reading’s first dedicated biotech and pharmaceuticals practice. Associate Graeme Roberts, who joined the firm from Shimizu, where he was European general counsel, will head the construction practice.

Mayer Brown launches new London group

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has launched a new insolvency and restructuring group in London to combine expertise from the legacy practices of both firms. Prior to the February tie-up, Mayer Brown’s London office targeted banks and financial institutions for work in this area, while Rowe & Maw tended to act for corporates and insolvency […]

ING to force City banking firms to earn their keep

ING, the largest financial services group in the Netherlands, is setting up its first global banking panel in an attempt to cut costs. The panel will be for the investment and wholesale banking divisions of ING’s £38bn organisation.The financial giant, which last week cut 1,000 jobs, will give a handful of international firms the bulk […]

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