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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.


Legal Widow

When they returned they looked like raspberry-ripple ice-cream: the Lawyer was white from the shock of the prices on the footballers’ estate, and Subbie was red in the face from shouting that it wasn’t fair, and she’d never be happy again if they didn’t live there. The Lawyer’s New Year resolution was to buy us […]

Commission sides with M&S in Revenue battle

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) will this week hear arguments in a case that will determine the legality of tax laws across the Continent. Marks & Spencer (M&S), represented by Simon Whitehead of Dorsey & Whitney and Graham Aaronson QC of Pump Court Tax Chambers, will argue tomorrow (1 February) that the retailer should […]

Primary Group appoints BLG partner as new legal chief

Insurance distribution company Primary Group has appointed Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner David Arthur as Group Corporate Counsel. A partner in BLG’s professional liability and commercial litigation team, Arthur joins Primary Group after 24 years at the firm – 20 of those as a partner. His experience includes acting for large accountants and insurance firms […]

Howrey targets IP litigation in Europe with Linklaters swoop

Linklaters has lost its Brussels head of IP Carl De Meyer to US firm Howrey Simon Arnold & White. As first revealed on (26 January), De Meyer will be the US firm’s first IP partner in Brussels, which until now has concentrated purely on antitrust, although the firm does have IP expertise in London […]

Deutsche shakes up UK panel

Deutsche Bank is to launch a review of its UK law firm panel for leveraged finance deals in a bid to slash its annual legal spend.It is understood that Deutsche will use the review to persuade external lawyers to write off legal fees more readily when a deal collapses. In the UK, Deutsche uses Allen […]

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