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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.


Ashurst grows in Middle East via International Power link-up

Ashurst grows in Middle East via International Power link-up” />Ashurst is expanding its fledgling presence within the Middle East off the back of its growing relationship with new client International Power. The silver circle firm is understood to have been provided with access to office space throughout the Middle East by the energy giant, including […]

Cobbetts dumped as DTI rejigs insolvency roster

The Department of Trade & Industry has axed Cobbetts from its panel for the Insolvency Service for England and Wales in favour of a selection of regional rivals. The new panel comprises ASB Law, Dickinson Dees, Howes Percival, Osborne Clarke and Wragge & Co, while Cobbetts and Birmingham firm Brindley Twist Tafft & James have […]

Work processors

Outsourcing nowadays is much more than just IT and this is reflected by law firms’ increased focus on providing advice on business process outsourcing. By Alistair Maughan The booming market for business process outsourcing (BPO) is proving to be great news for the global services industry and lawyers alike. Just as the market for IT […]

Thirty quit Freshfields for pensions payout

Thirty partners are set to quit Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on 1 November to take advantage of favourable pension terms. Partners who are aged 50 or above had until today (31 July) to exercise the option to retire from the partnership with effect from 31 October in order to lock in their entitlement to the magic […]

Gambling Commission counsel gears up for act

The UK Gambling Commission’s new general counsel Neil McArthur has vowed to start preparations to ensure a smooth transition in preparation for the UK Gambling Act, which is due to come into force in a little over a year. McArthur said his priority is to meet with Government officials, gaming companies and gambling charities to […]

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