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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.


Brobeck turns to next suitor

Brobeck Phleger & Harrison is desperately attempting to forge links with another law firm after talks with Hogan & Hartson collapsed last week It is understood that Brobeck is already in talks with another US firm about a deal that, sources say, the management hopes will dilute the heavy burden of liabilities that are suffocating […]

Venture Law Group forced into capital call for lease payoff

Silicon Valley technology firm Venture Law Group (VLG) has been forced to make a capital call to pay its way out of a property lease As revealed in The Lawyer (14 October), VLG closed its San Francisco office, which was being occupied by just 12 lawyers despite having space for 40.VLG asked each of its […]

Addleshaws lures Brunner Mond from Ashursts for property work

Addleshaw Booth & Co has poached Ashurst Morris Crisp client Brunner Mond, winning two new instructions in the process Addleshaws will now be instructed by the company on all property matters.“There’s real experience in the regions and a cost saving to be had as well,” said Addleshaws commercial property partner Mark Haywood. “They [Brunner Mond] […]

City lawyers act up in court

Tulkinghorn is always sad to lose hacks from The Lawyer newsdesk, and the lovely Caroline Davies was no exception. Obviously, Tulkinghorn was concerned she was a mentalist when she made a move into PR and has since been talking to Harley Street’s top head doctors about a cure. It was to his great relief, then, […]

Bryan Cave boosts international trade group

Los Angeles partner to transfer to Washington as Bryan Cave hires two to meet increasing client demand Bryan Cave is expanding its international trade client service group in Washington, with the appointment of two new lawyers and the transfer of a partner from the Los Angeles office.Bart Fisher, formerly of Porter Wright Morris and Arthur […]

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