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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.


Pillsbury raids Thelen a second time in three days

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has rapidly followed up its raid on Thelen’s China practice (, 29 September) with the hire of two more of the firm’s lawyers. Michael Jaffe and Ronan McHugh, two Thelen construction litigators joined Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office today (1 October) as partner and counsel respectively. “Michael and Ronan bring top-tier construction […]

The main man: Focus on Rodgin Cohen

He advised Lehman Brothers right up to the bitter end, then switched sides to Barclays for the assets selloff. Matt Byrne charts Sullivan & Cromwell senior partner Rodgin Cohen’s amazing year. “It sounds like I’m over-stating it but in one or two years, when they write the book on this, when they do the movie, […]

Freshfields joins Nomura deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has joined the raft of firms advising on Japanese bank Nomura’s acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ investment banking business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Freshfields’ mandate covers all advice for Nomura relating to the integration and combination of the businesses. The Freshfields team consists of London corporate partners Stephen Revell, Mark […]

Halliwells real estate team faces the chop

Halliwells has launched a redundancy consultation across its real estate practice, potentially cutting as many as 40 staff. The consultation will affect both fee-earners and support staff in the firm’s Liverpool, London, Manchester and Sheffield offices. This will be the second time this year that Halliwells has had to make job cuts. In March the […]


CMS reviews real estate jobs

CMS Cameron McKenna is drawing up plans to send lawyers in recession-hit practice groups to its offices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). CMS reviews real estate jobs” />CMS Cameron McKenna is reviewing corporate jobs and drawing up plans to send lawyers in recession-hit practice groups to its offices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). […]

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