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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.


Ingrid Simler QC

Devereux names new chambers head as 10-year veteran steps down

Middle Temple set Devereux has appointed Ingrid Simler QC as head of chambers succeeding Colin Edelman QC, who has spent 10 years at the helm. Simler, who has been with chambers since 1987, said her predecessor had worked to modernise the set, initiating a corporate structure in the clerks room and introducing a chief executive […]


After Der Sturm

Firms in Germany had a solid 2010-11, recovering from the turmoil of the previous financial year. Ulrike Barth reports In Germany the all-time lows of last financial year seem to have been ­forgotten, for the moment at least. The market, following the hitch of 2009-10, is clearly shifting positively for Germany’s top 50 firms by […]


Linklaters, Clifford Chance win dim sum bond roles

Linklaters and Clifford Chance have completed the RMB3bn (£300m) offshore bonds issuance of Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC) in Hong Kong. The issuer is a state-owned agricultural policy bank. It is the first offshore RMB bonds issuance in 2012 and the first listing of RMB bonds issued by a mainland financial institution on the […]


Reed Smith suffers exodus of 50 staff in Hong Kong

A total of 50 staff including 15 lawyers have left Reed Smith’s Hong Kong arm to join newly established Hong Kong firm Howse Williams Bowers (HWB). HWB was established by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners – Chris Howse, Chris Williams and Kevin Bowers (20 December 2011) – and has been in operation […]


Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has turned to US rival Weil Gotshal & Manges for a London restructuring hire, scooping partner Dominic McCahill. McCahill, who advises on insolvencies and restructurings, joins London practice head Chris Mallon in Skadden’s corporate restructuring team as the practice’s second City partner. He also becomes one of 13 partners […]

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