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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.



Hammonds shown half-time red card during Portsmouth FC talks

The consortium attempting to take control of Portsmouth Football Club has dumped legal adviser Hammonds midway through the bidding process. Rob Hamill Sulaiman Al Fahim, chief executive of Hydra Properties and leader of the bidding group, initially instructed Hammonds but switched to Mayer Brown after an apparent disagreement over fees. Mayer Brown corporate partner Rob Hamill […]

UK-US quartet advise on Barclays deal

Clifford Chance, Linklaters, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have led on the $13.5bn (£8.20bn) sale of ­Barclays ­Global Investors to BlackRock. Clifford Chance ­corporate partners Guy Norman and Patrick Sarch ­represented ­Barclays in the UK, alongside Los Angeles-based Sullivan & Cromwell partners Alison Ressler and Eric Krautheimer, and firm chairman […]


MTV names UK-based legal chief

MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has promoted Roger James to the role of senior vice president, general counsel for MTV Networks International and MTVN UK & Ireland. James, who was previously vice president of business and legal affairs for MTV Networks UK, Ireland and international, will expand his role  to include all of MTVNI’s business and […]


Growing football reputation puts Glazer cherry on top for Freshfields

The Premier League continues to attract foreign investors in need of expert legal advice. When US tycoon Malcolm ­Glazer launched his bid to buy Manchester United in 2005, it quickly became clear to lawyers on both sides that this was no ­ordinary takeover deal. Allen & Overy (A&O), the firm acting for the Glazers, was […]


Between a rock and a hard place

Tensions have been simmering between Gibraltar’s suspended Chief Justice Derek Schofield and its Governor Sir Robert Fulton for almost a decade. This week the row reached a climax with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, presiding over a seven-strong Privy Council panel that will determine whether Schofield J should be sacked or reinstated in his […]

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