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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.


High Court

High Court refuses injunction on press regulation charter

The High Court has refused an injunction application from the Press Standards Board of Finance (Pressbof) aimed at preventing the Government going to the Privy Council with a Royal Charter on press regulation. Brick Court’s Richard Gordon QC was instructed to lead the last-minute bid to halt the Government’s plan for press regulation from getting […]

How safe are you, really?

Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the legal profession, and information security should be at the top of any lawyer’s agenda. This week The Lawyer publishes an edition dedicated to the issue of cyber security. Read what the security experts have to say about the vulnerability of law firms – and then do something about it. […]


China’s Ministry of Commerce establishes first formal panel

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of China has launched its inaugural panel, with a total of 20 international firms and 18 Chinese firms winning spots. It is the first time the MOFCOM has established a formal legal panel, which consists of two sub-panel lists, international investment, and world trade organisation (WTO) and regional trade agreements (RTA) […]

Eversheds advises MAG on £800m Airport City joint venture

Eversheds has advised Manchester Airports Group (MAG) on its joint venture in relation to the development of its £800m Airport City project. The Airport City Manchester project is expected to establish an international business and logistics hub. The development will be comprised of offices, hotels, advanced manufacturing, logistics and warehousing. The joint venture involves Beijing […]

Old Bailey

Rebekah Brooks’ legal team revealed as gagging order lifted

2 Hare Court’s Jonathan Laidlaw QC replaces John Kelsey-Fry QC as Brooks’ defence counsel Rebekah Brooks’ Old Bailey phone hacking trial kicked off dramatically today with restrictions lifted that had quashed reporting of a split with a senior member of her legal team. Brooks is no longer instructing John Kelsey-Fry QC – a renowned criminal […]

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