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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.


Customs & Excise loses disability case

The lawyer charged with stamping out disability prejudice in the Customs & Excise Solicitors’ Office has been found guilty of discriminating against a blind solicitor. David Pickup was found guilty of disability discrimination last week by Croydon Employment Tribunal after failing to promote blind lawyer Farooq Shah. The tribunal’s finding is particularly embarrassing as Pickup […]


Linklaters advised retail group DAKS Simpson on the £20m sale of its London-based store to Scottish Widows. The sale is part of a number of acquisitions being finalised in Cheltenham, Manchester and Leeds. James Knox, property partner at Linklaters, acted on the deal with support from property assistant Alan Gutteridge. Freshfields advised Scottish Widows.

Quote of the week

“I will personally give a bottle of champagne to anyone who can tell me how a driver can proceed with his feet up in the cab and still be in control of the train. It is a ridiculous suggestion.” – Anthony Scrivener QC, who is representing driver Larry Harrison (who denies driving with his feet […]

Acting confidently to build confidence

Certain sections of the media took great pleasure in reporting allegations about goings on at Cameron McKenna and its CIS group. For a while the hacks were round the door writing stories of wrongdoing at the heart of a profession that just a few weeks earlier The Lawyer had reported to be riding high as […]

Eversheds partner steers finance Bill

Eversheds corporate partner Andrew Davison has been selected to coordinate solicitors’ responses to plans to transform the financial services industry. Davison is the new chairman of the Law Society’s Standing Committee in Company Law. He takes over from Tim Herrington, head of the financial services investment funds unit at Clifford Chance. He stays as head […]

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