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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.


McGrigors’ London base sees turnover boosted by one-third

Mcgrigors has seen a massive upsurge in London work, with City turnover growing by 30 per cent in the past year as firmwide turnover rises by 5 per cent to £42.4m. McGrigors’ financial year ends on 30 September. Of its total turnover, around £18.2m came from London and £24.2m from outside the capital. London now […]

Harmony considers riposte as Hogan deflects Gold Fields claim

Tempers were frayed in a New York court room last week as South African mining company Harmony deflected litigation aimed at derailing its hostile bid for rival mining company Gold Fields. Harmony and its lawyers Hogan & Hartson and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett are now considering further action against Gold Fields’ lawyers Linklaters and Skadden […]

Record number of global firms achieve Paris Bar Council spots

International firms had their best ever showing in last week’s elections for the Paris Bar Council. Four candidates from Anglo-Saxon firms were among the 42 lawyers standing for the 17 vacant seats on the council in a bid to double the number of international representatives. Prior to last week’s elections, there were only four council […]

Freshfields paves the way to oust underperformers

Magic circle firm proposes tougher centralised process for sacking weaker partners; vote imminent Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to make it easier to get rid of underperforming partners. If partners vote in favour early next year, the firm will no longer require a partnership vote to oust partners; instead, powers will be delegated to a slimmed-down […]

Clifford Chance to close Berlin office

Clifford Chance (CC) is taking an axe to its entire Berlin office following a management review of profitability. The move, which was announced to the partnership last night, leaves question marks over the destinations of Clifford Chance’s ten partners in the German capital. CC’s Berlin office has been dominated by lower value real estate work, […]

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