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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.


Legal Widow

“They’re talking about doing away with lockstep,” said the Lawyer, toying with his chicken chasseur on Saturday night. “That sounds like a dance,” said Liability, who does jazz dance on Saturday mornings. “Lockstep, lockstep, cha-cha-cha.” “It’s military, actually,” I said. “It’s a rhythm designed so that marching men can follow each other as closely as […]

Fruitless existence

Following Tulkinghorn’s recent exposé on Linklaters’ decision to withdraw jellybeans from its meeting rooms, he can now reveal that the firm is pursuing further perverse initiatives with its client offerings. In the latest move to cut costs, it is rumoured that Linklaters has removed all fruit from its meeting rooms. Initially, it restricted the contents […]

Lord Chancellor in silks U-turn

The Lord Chancellor has today indicated that he will be getting rid of the silks system by swapping it for a quality-mark set up by the barrister profession.The surprise concession by Lord Irvine ironically follows on the heels of his decision to appoint more silks than ever before in the recent round of appointments. The […]

Hammonds partner defects to Speechly Bircham

Hammonds has lost banking and finance partner Andrew Knight (left) to Speechly Bircham. Knight, who acts for banks and other lending institutions, will head Speechly Bircham’s finance team.

Failure to grow London sparks Haarmanns loss

German multidisciplinary partnership Haarmann Hem-melrath has lost highly rated London partner Jay Birch as a result of the firm’s inability to grow its London office.

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