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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.


In brief: Cripps Harries joins investment association

Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall is the first law firm to become a member of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (APCIMS). The association lobbies regulatory bodies and the Government on behalf of the investment industry and its clients.

Merger creates south-west giant

Bond Pearce will become the largest firm in the South West when it takes over the Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. The 40 partner firm is currently the fourth largest in the region by fee earner size but, with 210 fee earners in all, it will leapfrog Bevan Ashford, Burges Salmon […]

NY firm looks for substantial City merger

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle is holding a beauty parade of three City firms, each with over 200 lawyers, from which it hopes to choose a merger partner. Managing partner George Kahale III told The Lawyer that the deal had a 40 per cent chance of success and said if he does […]

Law Society votes to give itself a face-lift

The Law Society agreed to implement a radical face-lift last week in line with proposals made by business troubleshooter and tony Blair confidante Sir Dennis Stevenson. The Law Society council has agreed to: elect the deputy vice-president only; dissolve many of the 140 committees and appoint specific task forces for individual projects; restrict the number […]

White & Case posts

US firm White & Case has taken on three more lawyers at its Japanese operations. Masahiko Kawakami, a US qualified lawyer, has joined the firm’s Tokyo office, while Japanese qualified Yoshiko Yasuda and Koichiro Ohashi have joined Kandabashi Law – White & Case’s affiliate firm in Japan. Yasuda is shortly expected to gain admission to […]

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