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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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Debating whether public or private legal work is superior is a redundant exercise. Geoff Wild dispels some in-house myths “It’s not like that in the private ­sector.” It is a phrase often made by private practitioners when asked to comment on the world of the local government lawyer. No, it is not. And nor should […]

23 Essex St raid gives 1COR four female silks

One Crown Office Row has hired Joanna Glynn QC from 23 Essex Street, taking the set’s tally of female silks to four. Glynn, who was called in 1983 and took silk in 2002, said she was moving chambers in a bid to develop the disciplinary and regulatory aspects of her practice. One Crown Office Row’s […]

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Yushchenko spells out Ukraine vision at Chadbourne

New York was gridlocked last Tuesday when US firm Chadbourne & Parke hosted a lunch in honour of Ukraine president Viktor Yushchenko. The staunchly pro-Western Yushchenko was in town for the UN General Assembly, the cause of the mid-town logjam. As The Lawyer’s cabbie explained: “Bush is in town, man, everything’s packed.” Having eventually made […]

Gibson Dunn on bailout plan: act now

President Bush today (Friday 3 October) signed a historic bill aimed at bailing out ailing US financial institutions and providing assistance to financially stretched homeowners. The $700bn financial rescue package was approved earlier today by the US Congress less than a week after a previous version had been rejected. Gibson Dunn & Crutcher was among […]

Facebook hires former White House man as GC

Facebook has hired Kirkland & Elllis partner Theodore Ullyot as its new general counsel. Ullyot was the former chief of staff to Alberto Gonzales, who was the US attorney general until his resignation last year following accusations of perjury. Ullyot will be based in Facebook’s California headquarters, moving from Kirkland’s Washington office. He took the […]

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