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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.


Redundancies: Mid-life crisis

Layoffs are ubiquitous, but mid-market firms are bearing the strain better than their more illustrious counterparts in the magic circle. When Olswang made 10 members of its real estate department redundant back in October 2007 (The, 16 November 2007), lawyers and the legal press alike were shocked. While the credit crunch had meant deals […]

Freshfields, Links meet on Xstrata issue

Mining group Xstrata is set to launch a £4.1bn rights issue, leading to mandates for magic circle rivals Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer and ­Linklaters. Freshfields has emerged as the main corporate adviser to Xstrata, having worked on its hostile bid for Falconbridge in 2006. Corporate partner Julian Makin worked on that deal and has also been […]


Financial crisis forces upturn in merger deals between isolationist Italian firms

Merger fever has gripped the Italian legal market as domestic firms join forces to weather the economic storm. This month Camozzi & Bonissoni Varrenti & Associati and Studio Associato LCA merged to form CBA Studio Legale e Tributario (CBA). The move will ­create a new entrant into the ­Italian market with a combined turnover of […]

Indesit makes top counsel appointment

Household appliances manufacturer Indesit Company has taken on Alessia Oddone as its UK legal counsel and company secretary. Former Mills & Reeve lawyer Oddone joins the company from Domino Printing Sciences, where she had been legal counsel since 2003. Indesit ;Company ;is Europe’s second-largest ­producer of household goods, with brands including Indesit, Hotpoint and Cannon. […]

Ashurst brings in £700m offshore sukuk for Kuwaiti-backed bankers

Ashurst has won a major Islamic finance instruction, advising on the creation of a $1bn (£700m) offshore sukuk programme. Ashurst Islamic finance partner Abradat Kamalpour advised Gatehouse Bank as arranger and dealer on the Islamic bond. Milestone Capital, the Jersey-based vehicle issuing the sukuk, instructed offshore firm Carey Olsen ­partners Alan Stevens and Mark Keeler. […]

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