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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.



Holman Fenwick Sydney head quits for Reed Smith’s Hong Kong spin-off

Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong. Coogans, a shipping lawyer with a focus on collision and salvage work, will join his former Richards Butler colleagues in […]

DMH Stallard seals merger with Surrey-based Callaghans

DMH Stallard has announced the completion of its merger with Surrey-based Callaghans, which specialises in property, litigation and private client work. DMH Stallard currently has offices in London, Gatwick and Brighton and the merger will see it add Callaghan’s premises in Guildford and Farnham to its office portfolio. The move comes as part of DMH […]

Covington hires 2Birds partner for Shanghai launch

Washington DC headquartered Covington & Burling has recruited a partner from Bird & Bird’s Shanghai office as the firm prepares to open its second office in China. Li Weishi focuses on transactional and IP matters in the life sciences and technology sectors. Prior to joining Bird & Bird in November 2010, she was a counsel […]

Living Social legal chief jumps to

The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer Rob Miller, who has held top legal jobs at Skype and eBay in the past, joins two other in-house lawyers at where he will report to CEO Riccardo Zacconi as chief legal […]

The Euro files

Independent law firms from across Europe will gather at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo next month to discover which will become The Lawyer’s European Law Firm of the Year The shortlist for The Lawyer’s fourth European Awards features a range of firms, from specialist boutiques to full-service giants, that have all demonstrated excellence in […]

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