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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.


Bird & Bird's Net innovation puts record company on track

Elizabeth Davidson reports BIRD & Bird partner Mark Haftke has broken new legal ground by drawing up the contracts for a new service on the Web site of George Michael’s record company, Aegean Records. The service allows consumers to buy compact discs by digitally downloading tracks on to either a hard drive or a CD-Rom […]

Straw attacks immigration firms

THE Government is threatening to chip away another block of the Law Society’s regulatory powers with its proposal to set up a statutory body to regulate immigration lawyers and advisers. The move, announced by the Home Secretary Jack Straw last week, follows the Treasury’s decision to strip the society of its powers to regulate solicitor […]

Summit rescheduled

The organiser of a London summit on the regulation of the internet cancelled it at the last minute. Prince, which was due to stage its Internet Executive Summit from 19 to 21 January put the sudden cancellation down to the fact that a US green paper on reform of the domain name system a crucial […]

In brief: Arthur Andersen appoints Euro supremo

Arthur Andersen has appointed a new European legal head as part of a shake-up of the management of its legal network. Nick Prentice, the former head of the firm’s UK tax and legal practice, has had his brief expanded to cover the whole of Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa. He will take over […]


Charles Russell acted as UK legal adviser and Mayer Brown & Platt as US legal adviser for Select Appointments (Holdings) on the US and International Public Offerings of $200m of American Depository Shares on Nasdaq by Select and selling shareholders. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as US legal adviser for the underwriters.

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