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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.


Ecija & Associados hires internet bank in-houser

Spanish niche technology and corporate firm Ecija & Associados has taken on internet bank Bankinter’s head of legal as a partner. Javier Espadas joins the firm as head of corporate, litigation and arbitration. Prior to working at Bankinter, Espadas was head of litigation at Garrigues’ Canaries practice.

Bill of health

The court’s U-turn in Halloran has left happy insurers and infuriated PI lawyers at loggerheads. Norwich Union puts the case for the insurers to Jon Robins Clayden is of the view that PI lawyers make way too much money, and as the man with the responsibility for signing off (or not) many of their claims, […]

Mayer Brown improves government relations

Hire of former president of US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform bolsters government relations practice Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw has bolstered its Government Relations Practice with the appointment of the president of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).Before joining the US Chamber, Wootton held positions in both the […]

Cooley-Pennie merger talks called off after money row

Merger talks between New York’s Pennie & Edmonds and the West Coast’s Cooley Godward have collapsed after the two firms came to blows over accounting differences Talks between the two firms were already beginning to unravel two weeks ago because of integration issues after a group of heavyweight partners at Pennie’s New York office spoke […]


Of solicitors who transfer from private practice, nine out of 10 strongly prefer working for local government. This is according to a survey conducted by the Local Government Group (LGG) of the Law Society, which questioned more than 150 solicitors who had transferred from private practice into local government Why should this be? Those surveyed […]

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