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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.


Employment alliance recruits Czech member

World-wide employment alliance ius laboris has signed up Czech firm Prochazka Randl Kubr just in time for last week’s enlargement of the European Union (EU). The Czech Republic is the second of the new EU member states to join ius laboris, after Polish practice Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak was added last year. Prochazka’s head of […]

Brodies looks to LLP status to manage risk

Scottish firm Brodies is set to become the largest independent Scottish legal firm to convert to a limited-liability partnership. The move, which has been touted as a risk management strategy by managing partner Bill Drummond, will take effect on 1 May. The firm will also undergo a reshuffle, with the addition of two new partners […]

Talking shop

Denise Jagger is taking what she learnt as Asda’s general counsel to Eversheds – and some big changes are afoot. Emma Vere-Jones reports

Maurice Watkins in £2.5m MUFC bonanza

James Chapman & Co senior partner and lawyer to Manchester United has netted himself a tidy £2.5m after offloading a million of his shares in the club. Maurice Watkins (right), long-time lawyer to the Premier League football club, where he is also non-executive director, was the largest individual shareholder in the company. Watkins sold a […]

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