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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.


Camerons Hong Kong IPO team gets hat trick

CMS Cameron McKenna’s initial public offerings (IPO) team in Hong Kong has advised on three flotations in its first month in operation. The combined deals account for 75 per cent of new issues listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The first deal was the flotation of Cedar Base Electronics, where Camerons acted for sponsors […]


The revolution is less than 11 months off. When the Human Rights Act 1998 comes into force next October, nothing will be the same again. The new act will allow people in the UK to use the European Convention on Human Rights when taking legal action in their own courts. People who can’t imagine what […]

Shakespeares in merger talks with PI firm

Birmingham commercial firm Shakespeares is in merger talks with local practice Philip Baker & Co. Philip Baker specialises in representing personal injury claimants. A merger between the two would come as a surprise considering the increasing volatility in the PI market. Several firms are understood to have considered off-loading their PI departments as fears grow […]

US giants advise on biggest ever initial public offering

US firms have scooped the work on the world’s largest initial public offering (IPO) – the £11.6bn($18.6bn) sale of shares in Italian state-owned electricity company Enel. Global firm Shearman & Sterling and US firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have all won a role in the deal due to the […]

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