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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.


Herbert Smith closes first RBS leveraged financing after panel win

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland after winning its coveted place on the £100m plus deals panel last November. The firm successfully advised RBS on a funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has […]

Shaw Pittman opens Taipei branch

Shaw Pittman has opened an office in Taipei and launched a strategic alliance with Taiwan firm Chien Yeh Law Offices. Partner Yitai Hu (right) joined the US firm in April and will head the Taipei office, which will advise primarily on IP. Chien Yeh Law Offices was founded in 1972 and now has 20 lawyers […]

Complaint feint

The Legal Services Complaints Commissioner is on a mission to get the Law Society’s complaints-handling in order and is now equipped with powers to impose a £1m fine. By Jon Robins If the Law Society is supping at the last chance saloon over its continuing failure to sort out its act over complaints-handling – as […]

Separated at birth

Everybody wants to go global these days. It’s not enough to be top of your game in one place, you’ve got to be everywhere. International. So it’s appropriate that Liverpool FC’s new Spanish manager, Rafael Benitez, late of Valencia, doubles as the managing partner of expansionist Channel Islands firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune. The […]

B&M, BLP, CMS scoop Accenture panel slots

Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna have won lucrative places on the panel of management consultancy and technology services giant Accenture. The lucky trio join incumbents Allen & Overy (A&O), Clifford Chance and Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) on Accenture’s preferred supplier list, which will be reviewed again in three […]

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