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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.


Gordon Dadds takes two from Julian Holy

West End firm Gordon Dadds has hired a partner and a senior associate from property firm Julian Holy Commercial property lawyer Simon Edwards and associate Jackie Boot will join this week. Edwards takes a client base of high net-worth individuals and family-owned property companies valued at between £100m and £500m.

Thompsons nets £25.5m from miners' claims

The Government has paid £118m in the last four and a half years to law firms handling compensation claims for miners with respiratory disease and vibration white finger London firm Thompsons has benefited the most from this payout, netting a cool £25.5m since January 1998. The total amount of £118m was revealed in the Commons […]


The Government’s six regional consultation papers published on 24 July address the expected increase in demand for passenger flights and the resultant increase in the size of airports, number of runways and total flights; they predict an 80 per cent rise in passenger movement at Heathrow alone by 2030, with over 500 extra flights per […]

Trowers proves latest lure to Steptoe lawyers

Steptoe & Johnson’s London office has suffered another significant loss with the departure of employment head Neil Adams and an assistant to Trowers & Hamlins It is the latest in a string of defections since Steptoe & Johnson’s merger with boutique telecoms firm Rakisons in 2000. Adams had originally replaced Steptoes’ former employment head David […]

CC and Ashursts called in as France Telecom jettisons TDF

The deal originated in France and took in Spain and Finland, but it was City-based firms that won the work. Clifford Chance advised France Telecom on the sale of its majority interest in broadcasting services provider Télédiffusion de France (TDF) to a consortium of private equity groups for e1.9bn (£1.19bn).An Ashurst Morris Crisp team, led […]

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