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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.


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11KBW ponders future of CEO role as incumbent exits

11KBW’s first-ever chief executive David Stead is leaving the set to head up the fundraising side of Charities Aid Foundation. Stead became 11KBW’s first chief executive in January 2012, his first appointment at the bar having spent much of his career working in professional services (16 January 2012). He was brought in from Gill Jennings […]

SJ Berwin

King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin merger goes live tomorrow

King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin will combine to a $1bn global law firm headquartered in Asia tomorrow (1 November). The combined firm will be known as King & Wood Mallesons globally except in the UK, Europe and Middle East, where it will be branded as King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin for a […]


Energy chief Shasha exits Gowlings’ City office

Canadian firm Gowlings’ EMEA head of energy, infrastructure and mining David Shasha has left the firm (1 November). Shasha joined Gowlings in November 2010 as part of the firm’s strategy to make London a hub for its energy and infrastructure work in the EMEA region (10 November 2010). He previously worked as Simmon & Simmons’ […]

Old Bailey

Rebekah Brooks’ legal team revealed as gagging order lifted

2 Hare Court’s Jonathan Laidlaw QC replaces John Kelsey-Fry QC as Brooks’ defence counsel Rebekah Brooks’ Old Bailey phone hacking trial kicked off dramatically today with restrictions lifted that had quashed reporting of a split with a senior member of her legal team. Brooks is no longer instructing John Kelsey-Fry QC – a renowned criminal […]

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