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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.


IT specialist strengthens firm's links in Sweden

THE SWEDISH Chamber of Commerce’s first law firm member Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has strengthened its Scandinavian connections by appointing computer law specialist Jan Anderberg. Anderberg, who resigned as legal counsel to Swedish company Asea Brown Boveri AB, started work as a consultant in Reynolds Porter’s corporate department earlier this month. “We’ve been members of the […]

In brief: Sporting network gathers momentum

Over 70 lawyers and law firms from around the country have responded to a Grimsby lawyer’s plan to set up a Sports Lawyers Network. Now William King (pictured), of Beetenson & Gibbon, is holding the network’s first meeting. The 16 December event, hosted by Grimsby Town Football Club, will be followed by the chance to […]


Coudert Brothers advised Samsung on its £8 million acquisition of a nine-acre site in Hounslow, which will be used as European headquarters and an international training centre for the company. Bristows Cooke & Carpmael acted for the vendor TRICO, the windscreen wiper manufacturer.

Vietnam/Judicial Appts. Suffering from 'institutional schizophrenia'

Amid much activity, Lord Mackay is making a number of changes to diversify the judiciary. Judicial appointments are now advertised in the press and all candidates will be screened by a panel which will include lay interviewers. “He wants to reach out to a wider category of person than had considered the judiciary in the […]

Prepare for a European currency

European monetary union is closer than most lawyers think and if they don’t consider its implications soon they may miss the boat, warns Geoffrey Yeowart EU: single currency intended to boost harmony in union recent reports in the press may have lulled many lawyers into believing they can ignore the issue of a European single […]

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