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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.


Simmons takes on Paris partner for Bourse work

Simmons & Simmons’ Paris office is developing a stock exchange capability as it takes on a new M&A partner. Thierry Gontard, who formerly worked for the Commission des Opérations de Bourse for three years, is joining the corporate department from French firm Bignon & Lebray. Gontard, whose clients include five French-listed companies, will concentrate on […]

O'Melveny joins rush to expand in Silicon Valley

Los Angeles firm O’Melveny & Myers is joining the huge influx into Silicon Valley and has become the latest firm to open an office there. The firm’s move comes a week after Chicago’s Mayer Brown & Platt announced the same step (The Lawyer, 19 March). O’Melveny will send in four top partners to launch its […]


Sinfield voted out by partners THE LAWYER revealed that Nick Sinfield, managing director of Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC), had been voted out in favour of head of construction Daniel Gowan. Sinfield, who was managing director for one year and executive partner for two years, continued his role as head of insurance. When Gowan took […]

Rough trade?

There is little in the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report that should come as a surprise to the bar. Although dressed up in the language of competition and market regulation, the central question posed is whether a single business structure should continue to be the sole vehicle by which barristers are able to offer […]

International real estate practices

Clifford Chance Global head of international real estate: Wolfgang Usinger (Berlin). Chief executive officer of international real estate: Cliff McAuley. Clifford Chance says a staggering 80 partners focus on real estate worldwide – a figure befitting the world’s largest law firm. Some of those sit in corporate, but the breadth of coverage is still incredible. […]

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