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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.

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Financing

Linklaters is advising project company Mozal SARL and sponsor/shareholder Billiton on the US$1.3bn Mozal aluminium smelter project in Mozambique. Clifford Chance advised co-sponsor Mitsubishi and Allen & Overy is acting for co-sponsor Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. White & Case is advising lenders International Finance Corporation.

LawSoc to hear super watchdog plan

THE president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants is to call for the introduction of an independent super watchdog to police the regulation of all the professions at a private Law Society conference held this week. Chris Swinson is to outline his controversial plan at a special Law Society brainstorming session on regulation on Friday […]

NHSLA keeps panel of law firms on its toes

LAW firms on the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) medical negligence panel have attacked as a waste of money a controversial “gatekeeping” scheme which brings in other law firms to scrutinise their work. The scheme was originally introduced by the NHSLA two years ago to help it slash its panel from 90 to 18, […]

Property

Finers acted for MWB and Manhattan Loft on the completion of the £20m first phase building contract for West India Quay. MWB and Manhattan Loft signed the deal with Lovells Construction, advised by their in-house team.

Future mapped out

Digital mapping suppliers Prodat Systems has updated its Promap digital mapping system, which allows lawyers to view ordinance survey maps on-screen. The CD-based service allows users to obtain in-depth maps of anywhere in the UK in seconds by typing in a postcode or grid reference and is used by 500 law firms and property businesses. […]

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