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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.


Legal widow

This is the week the Lawyer hopes to inflict his new suit on an unsuspecting world. He bought it during a weak moment in the sales, the time around 3pm when bargain blindness sets in and the pinstripes don’t look quite so wide or prominent as in the cold light of morning. I heard the […]


Barclays Bank forms alliance with Legal & General, under which the bank will offer the insurers pension and investment funds while closing its own life assurance operation. Barclays Bank represented by Simmons & Simmons (Richard Slater). Legal & General advised by Eversheds (Michael Wainwright).

KLegal takes over Slaughters case

KLegal, the law firm associated with accountants KPMG, is taking over a multi-million pound piece of litigation from Slaughter and May after hiring one of its lawyers. Anthony Maton is joining KLegal as a director, the equivalent of salaried partner, and he is bringing with him work on an ongoing action for Airtours against Customs […]

A bar on competition

Is Hong Kong’s bar under threat of extinction, or is it simply not prepared to compete? To some extent Hong Kong recognises, that its bar is too small to support specialists in some fields, so it continues to permit QCs from the UK to be admitted on an ad hoc basis. Although this is plainly […]

Brief encounter: laytons

Laytons may be a small firm but it still manages to cover a large part of the UK, with offices in London, Bristol, Surrey and Manchester. The past few years have seen tentative steps towards expanding its core resources in order to retain big-name clients, including a myriad of banks and well-known brands, from First […]

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