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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.


Ingrid Simler QC

Devereux names new chambers head as 10-year veteran steps down

Middle Temple set Devereux has appointed Ingrid Simler QC as head of chambers succeeding Colin Edelman QC, who has spent 10 years at the helm. Simler, who has been with chambers since 1987, said her predecessor had worked to modernise the set, initiating a corporate structure in the clerks room and introducing a chief executive […]

DLA Piper taps Hogan Lovells for five-partner US energy team

DLA Piper has hired a five-partner energy team from Hogan Lovells in the US. Hogan Lovells partners Lee Alexander, Stefan Krantz, John Lilyestrom, Kevin Lipson and Christopher Schindler will all join DLA’s energy group in Washington, DC. At Hogan Lovells Lipson was head of the energy practice and co-head of the firm’s global energy industry […]


Pannone to make redundancies in three NW offices

North West firm Pannone is mulling redundancies in its construction, road traffic accident and family teams in Manchester, as up to 12 fee earners and support staff look set to lose their jobs when the firm closes two satellite offices. Pannone is set to close its offices in Hale and Alderley Edge in Cheshire, which […]

Litigation funder Woodsford snaps up Allianz investment officer

Third party funder Woodsford Litigation Funding has appointed Timothy Mayer, formerly of Allianz ProzessFinanz, as an investment officer to assess cases for investment opportunities. Mayer joined the company in December following the withdrawal of funder Allianz from the UK litigation market in November (28 November 2011).  The German giant launched its fund in November 2007, […]

Deutsche’s Click4Legal – a killer system?

Although Deutsche Bank does not disclose its overall spend on external legal advisers, it confirms a 2:1 ratio between external and internal legal spend – that is, for every dollar spent on in-house lawyers, two dollars were spent on outside advisers. This ratio has remained stable over the past five years. This may perhaps add […]

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