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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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Freshfields retains role as SFO opens investigation into profits

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been retained by Tesco in the wake of the Serious Fraud Office’s (SFO) announcement that it had opened an investigation into accounting practices at the supermarket giant. Freshfields was first drafted in by Tesco in late September, when it emerged that the supermarket had overstated its profits by £250m (22 September […]

Eversheds eyes Nordic economies as it merges with Helsinki firm

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Corporate team from Walker Morris advises on sale of Benson Park to Cranswick

Walker Morris has advised on the sale of Hull-based poultry processor Benson Park to food producer Cranswick. East Yorkshire-based Cranswick has acquired the entire issued share capital of Benson Park. The strategic acquisition moves Cranswick into a new protein sector. John Hamer and Jon Healey from the Walker Morris corporate group advised Alistair Benson and […]

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