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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.


Slaughters bolsters Heath Lambert lead adviser role

Slaughter and May is set to advise Heath Lambert if the insurance broker goes ahead with its proposed flotation later this year. The instruction would confirm the firm’s position as Heath Lambert’s main corporate adviser.The broker was formed through the merger of CE Heath and Lambert Fench-urch in December 1999, with Slaughters acting for Lambert […]

Haarmanns lures key privatisation partner from Lovells

Lovells Boesebeck Droste is losing a key partner and privatisation rainmaker to independent German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner Werner Michael Waldeck and senior associates Michael Eifler and Christian Faßbe-nder will join Haarmanns’ Frankfurt office, focusing on banking and stock exchange law, capital markets, corporate law and privatisation.The move is a coup for Haarmanns given […]

First Bahamian firm launches in London

Lennox Paton is the first Bahamian law firm to open an office in London The introduction in the Bahamas of anti-money laundering and fraud regulations and legislation has led to a significant growth in the volume of multinational companies using the jurisdiction. Lennox Paton has won many clients which it believes will be better serviced […]

White & Case takes on M&A trio

White & Case Feddersen is expanding its corporate practice as it takes on an M&A team in its Hamburg office Partners Christian Jacobs, Günther Kahlert and Boris Kläsener all join from the M&A boutique firm Huth Dietrich Hahn.Jacobs said that the move to White &Case is driven by client demand for a global capability.White & […]

The IT factor

IT has opened many doors, but contractual problems are rife. Nick Holland reports on the potholes and safety nets We often hear about IT contracts going wrong or ending in dispute. Perhaps the most classic example of this reached the public consciousness two years ago – the problems with the issuing of passports due to […]

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