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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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Clarke Willmott takes over Heatons office

In other news, Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons, leaving the latter with just three partners in its Manchester office (The Lawyer, 3 April). Clarke Willmott has acquired three partners and eight associates, including corporate specialists Rob Parry and Paul Wakefield, as well as commercial property partner Jonathan Morton. As part […]

Taxman elected new senior partner at Travers

Travers Smith has elected former managing partner Alasdair Douglas as its new senior partner, replacing the retiring Christopher Bell. Douglas takes up his new role on 1 July, and will also continue fee-earning in the tax department. He was previously managing partner between 1995 and 2001, before being replaced by Chris Carroll. Bell has been […]

Maclays takes Lewis Silkin partner for IP push

Maclay Murray & Spens has taken on Lewis Silkin partner Gillian Cordall for a push into London’s IP market. Cordall specialises in non-contentious IP work and was a partner in Lewis Silkin’s media brands & technology department since 1999. Cordall’s core clients include interactive media and computer game companies. She will work with IP partner […]

German market undergoes mass defections

If the past few months are anything to go by, it is almost selbstverständlich now for lawyers in Germany to leave as a group rather than as individuals. The Lovells exits are not the only mass walkouts in the German legal market over the past few months. Largely quiet since it launched in Germany two […]

East Anglia

East Anglian law firms do not always get same profile as the rest of the South East, but with such a close proximity to London and a strong local industry, the legal market is in a good position to compete with its geographical neighbour. Regeneration is playing its part in providing plenty of work for […]

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