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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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Baker & McKenzie partner joins Goldman Sachs

A Baker & McKenzie banking and finance partner is joining Goldman Sachs International as senior derivatives counsel. David Green, who joins the investment bank in January, is the second partner Baker & McKenzie has lost to a client this year . The firm’s London office lost partner Graham Allan to client Cisco earlier this year. […]

Equity partners quit Donne Mileham in strategy row

Two equity partners at 33-partner Donne Mileham & Haddock have left in a dispute over new strategy. Michael Bailey, a top commercial property expert in the South East, and his partner in the department Simon Alldis, have left “by mutual agreement” with the firm. Donne Mileham is stopping partners working outside their key areas and […]

B&M to set up UK insolvency group

Baker & McKenzie is setting up its first corporate recovery division in the UK. Jeremy Goldring, an insolvency partner who joined the firm from Dibb Lupton Alsop (The Lawyer, 9 August), is spearheading the move. Goldring plans to recruit partners from finance, corporate, dispute resolution and other departments which fall under the insolvency umbrella. He […]

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