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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.

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Gordons scores merger with Leeds’ Nelson & Co

Gordons, the tiny Bradford firm that recently fought for Wm Morrison Supermarkets on its £2.9bn takeover of Safeway, has completed its own major acquisition, by taking on Leeds’ practice Nelson & Co. The combined firm, which will be known as Gordons, will have a total turnover of £15m and will house 40 partners. Under the […]

Osborne Clarke secures Italian alliance

Osborne Clarke has welcomed an Italian member to its international alliance, signing Milan-based boutique Abbatescianni e Associati. The 12 partner firm, led by founder Girolamo Abbatescianni, formally signed up to the alliance yesterday (Thursday 22 April) at Osborne Clarke’s alliance board meeting in Milan. The move comes after a two-year courtship, and affords Osborne Clarke […]

Canada’s Blakes Cassels makes Chicago debut

Blakes Cassels & Graydon has become the first Canadian firm to set up shop in Chicago. The office will initially be staffed by partner Geoff Belsher and one associate though there are hopes that Chicago will house five lawyers within five years. According to reports the firm applied for a foreign legal consultant’s license form […]

Sainsbury’s set for sweeping review after real estate hire

J Sainsbury is gearing up for a major overhaul of its property panel following the appointment of its first in-house property lawyer. The supermarket is hoping that hiring Katherine Kinch from Clifford Chance will help it slash its legal work which is usually outsourced to legal advisers. Consequently, Sainsbury’s is planning to review its existing […]

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