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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.


Matt Byrne

LLP accounts show health of the UK’s legal market

Financial stability is crucial for any business and law firms are no exception. A survey released last week showed that increasing profitability remains the top concern for the majority of UK firms, despite the fact that the last financial year was a record-breaker for the UK’s legal market , with revenue, profit and headcount numbers […]


Fenwick & West adds Kaye Scholer partner to nascent Shanghai base

Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West has added a corporate partner to its Shanghai office, having opened in China’s largest city last year. Niping Wu, whose practice focuses on private equity, M&A and debt financing, has made the move across after almost three years with Kaye Scholer. Admitted to practise in Hong Kong and New […]

Firms bolster Asian practices with relocations and hires

Norton Rose Fulbright has kicked off 2015 with a couple of personnel changes in its Asia-Pacific energy practice, moving global practice head Simon Currie from London to Sydney and regional practice head Vincent Dwyer from Sydney to Singapore. According to the firm the purpose of the changes is to get itself in position to deal […]

Helen Selby

The in-house interview: Hovis GC Helen Selby

Bread might sound a little humdrum for an ex-Royal Air Force officer but Helen Selby has been able to spread her wings at freshly-sold Hovis. Helen Selby joined Hovis as general counsel in May last year after Premier Foods sold off a 51 per cent stake in the business to Gores Group in April, ending […]

Hong Kong

Fried Frank to shut Hong Kong and Shanghai offices in international downsize

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has called time on its beleaguered Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, with plans to close its Asian operations after seven years in June 2015. Ongoing discussions are thought to revolve around the possibility of maintaining a service office in Hong Kong, which could be an unmanned office […]

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