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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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Forsters’ PEP dips as equity expands

Forsters‘ average profit per equity partner (PEP) figure has fallen by more than £100,000 to £445,000 at its year-end. Managing partner Paul Roberts said PEP had been hit by boosting the equity partnership by four to 16. “Involving people is important,” he said. “We’re building a firm for future generations.” Turnover rose by 10.8 per […]

The crunch bunch

Tulkinghorn sees the gentlemanly game of cricket as a way to establish order in a chaotic world, and after their win against the associates, he believes the partners at Slaughter and May feel the same way. Chelsea fans and losers Ian Bagshaw, Charlie Jacobs and Richard Youle dragged their clients away from the Gatwick carnage […]

Sonnenschein layoffs add to US legal market woes

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has become the latest US firm to announce layoffs, with the Chicago-based firm making a total of 124 staff redundant. The firm confirmed today (28 May) that it was laying off 37 lawyers, including six partners, four counsel and 27 associates, ranging from first year to senior level. Sonnenschein is also […]

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