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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.


Ferrovial and Freshfields step ahead in BAA takeover battle

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has nudged ahead of Ashurst in the battle to takeover UK airports operator BAA. Spanish construction group Ferrovial, advised by Freshfields partner Laurie McFadden, emerged as the winning bidder overnight after the BAA board recommended its 950p-a-share cash offer. The offer values BAA at £10.11bn. The Goldman Sachs-led consortium, advised by Ashurst […]

The last action hero

The enduring trend for law firms to launch profile-raising initiatives by advertising at sports events has continued this summer. London property boutique Pemberton Greenish has sponsored the Surrey County Cricket Club Academy for three years now, while among the more targeted efforts was Simmons’ tilt at reaching the monied military types. The firm’s light blue-on-white […]

Freshfields, Cleary secure Gartmore sale

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and New York-based Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton were the principal advisers on Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company’s sale of fund manager Gartmore to Oxford Acquisition III, a company formed by private equity fund Hellman & Friedman. Freshfields advised Nationwide Mutual, led by London corporate partner Rob Stirling. Cleary represented Oxford Acquisition III, […]

Law Soc, Bar Council asked to relax rules

As the university lecturers’ strike spills into June, pressure on the Law Society and Bar Council to relax their stringent rules and allow students unable to graduate entry onto the LPC and BVC has stepped up a gear. The chair of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools Professor Michael Gunn has reiterated BPP […]

Slaughters litigation head joins Campbells

Slaughter and May‘s French litigation head Edouard Bertrand has found a new home at French independent Campbell Philippart Laigo & Associés. Bertrand joined the six-partner firm as of counsel following the merger between corporate powerhouse Bredin Prat and the bulk of Slaughters’ Paris office on 1 May. “I was looking for a firm that could […]

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