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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.


The Work-Life Quiz by Tim Taylor

Firm: SJ Berwin Position: Head of international arbitration Lives: Notting Hill, London Education: The King’s School, Canterbury; St John’s College, Oxford Work history: 1978: Joined Herbert Smith & Co as an articled clerk 1980: Qualified as a solicitor 1987: Joined SJ Berwin as an assistant solicitor 1988: Appointed to partnership 1996: Appointed head of litigation […]

Pinsent Masons validates power of merger with soaring PEP

Pinsent Masons validates power of merger with soaring PEP” />Mergers can do wonders for your profitability if you play them right. Of all the law firms that boasted a growth in profit per equity partner (PEP) this year, not one came close to touching the 70 per cent leap posted by Pinsent Masons. The equity […]

Addleshaws study discovers employment issues are rife

A survey of large companies carried out by Addleshaw Goddard has revealed that more than half had faced a major employment issue within the past three years. The firm commissioned the survey to examine how companies deal with employment claims. In total, 79 organisations were interviewed to find out what their principal employment issues were and who […]

Spanish firms join with Romanian boutique

Two small Spanish law firms have made the first Iberian foray into the Romanian legal market via a three-way merger with a small Romanian firm. Madrid-based Muniz Bernuy Abogados and Balms Abogados have merged, along with Bucharest-based Mares Mihai Law Offices. The new firm will be known as Muniz Bernuy Balms & Mares. Romanian partner Mihai […]

Happier endings

East Anglia has become the first place in the UK to embrace collaborative law – a new way to keep divorce settlements out of the courts. By Roger Bamber Collaborative law is a new type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) used in divorce cases in place of the traditional court-based route. It was introduced to […]

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