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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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Private equity houses have famously been described as locusts (Heuschrecken) in Germany, but it looks as if Gleiss Lutz could have acted on the deal that will change this perception. Herbert Smith’s German ally advised regular client Blackstone on its first-ever investment in a government-controlled company. Blackstone acquired a 4.5 per cent, E2.68bn (£1.82bn) stake […]

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Lewis Silkin ramps up incentives team

Lewis Silkin is building up its incentives team with a double hire of lawyers from big four accountancy firms Ernst & Young (E&Y) and Deloitte. Sara Cohen from E&Y becomes head of incentives following the recent departure of Guy Abbiss to Bird & Bird. Victoria Goode also joins Lewis Silkin as an incentives partners. Joint […]

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