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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.


Legal Widow

Subjudice was sick the other day, and had to come home from school… The secretary tried to contact me, but I was out having my cellulite kneaded for Christmas (although don’t tell the Lawyer – he thinks I was having physiotherapy on a troubling knee injury) and so, after ringing the in-laws and the neighbours, […]

Football lore

The tale of lawyers and bankers playing the last ever football match under Wembley Stadium’s twin towers has already passed into City legend. But one Clifford Chance partner must still be reliving every schoolboy’s dream. Kitted out in a number 10 England shirt, construction partner David Metzger scored a hat trick in the match, including […]

Veale Wasbrough scoops place on the Treasury Solicitor's commercial panel

Bristol-based Veale Wasbrough has been appointed to the Treasury Solicitor’s new commercial panel, established to provide commercial advice to the Treasury Solicitor’s Department The firm will be advising on six of the nine work areas for which the panel has been appointed – PFI/ projects, employment and pensions, corporate and finance, IT, planning and competition. […]

The Leader Column

You may think journos love a good bit of bad news. But events at Morgan Cole induce more than a pang of sympathy for its lawyers as the cracks in their firm deepen. There have been some positive developments of late – the firm gained a role advising the ex-employees of ITV Digital. But the […]

Bevan Ashford hires CMS partner for Birmingham

Bevan Ashford has scooped a CMS Cameron McKenna partner to build a corporate practice out of its new Birmingham office Geoff Perry was previously joint head of corporate at Cameron’s Budapest office. The hire comes 18 months after Bevan Ashford’s Bristol and London arms launched in Birmingham. The office has so far focused on health, […]

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