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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.


CC-Brobeck fight drags on as group bids to buy claim

Clifford Chance ’s protracted battle with the defunct Brobeck Phleger & Harrison has taken another twist with a group of former Brobeck partners and some asbestos lawyers bidding to acquire the claim from the defunct firm. The US Bankruptcy Court’s Judge Montali will tomorrow (30 November) decide whether to approve the $3.75m (£2m) settlement agreed […]

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 […]

Take that to the Manc

The award for pompous correspondent of the week goes to one E Askew, who addressed The Lawyer thus: “Point of order, Liverpool is the North West’s LARGEST city.” E Askew was responding, with barely held-back ire, to last week’s story on Halliwells’ impending merger with Liverpool-based Cuff Roberts. The firm was, it read, breaking into […]

Legal Widow

The managing partner unveiled a new training strategy at the recent personal development and motivational weekend. It was held in Dublin – motivation enough for anybody – but lawyers are awfully spoilt. If I was in charge, I’d book the local church hall and they’d have to lump it. Everyone spends the entire weekend in […]

Former Macfarlanes partner joins Maitland in SA

Maitland, the South African trusts advisory group that took on Linklaters partner Rupert Weber, has also hired former Macfarlanes partner Michael Hayes. Formerly a partner in the City firm’s highly rated private client department, Hayes will join as a part-time consultant next month. He retired from Macfarlanes in April, but while there often worked with […]

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