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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.



Law Soc launches unprecedented attack on Manzoor

The Law Society has hit back at one of its harshest critics the Legal Services Ombudsman and the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor. The leadership of the Law Society has united and taken the unprecedented step of issuing a press release rounding on Manzoor, who said that “The Law Society itself is letting down […]


From today, divorcees will be responsible for their own legal costs unless exceptional cases arise Today (3 April) signals a major shift in the court’s approach to making costs orders following contested financial applications in divorces. From now on, each divorcing spouse will have to use their own assets to pay their legal costs. This […]

World Bank hails UK investor protection regime but it trails New Zealand and US

Investors in the UK are protected from insider dealing by corporates better than other European investors – but regulation is lagging behind jurisdictions such as New Zealand and the US. A three-year survey of global investor regulation carried out by the World Bank and law firm network Lex Mundi has revealed that New Zealand has […]

Quartet advise on £1bn Virgin Mobile takeover

Allen & Overy (A&O), Ashurst, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Herbert Smith are celebrating after advising on NTL’s £962.4m ($1.62bn) recommended takeover of Virgin Mobile. The cash offer of 372p per share, or a mixture of cash and shares, will be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement and is scheduled to […]

Duane Morris looks to Singapore for growth

Philadelphia-based Duane Morris is planning to open an office in Singapore in the next 12 months in a move that will give the firm its second international office. This is the firm’s first move into the Asian market and marks its growing ambitions at home and abroad. The office will be led by Eduardo Ramos-Gomez, […]

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