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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.



Maher overlooked in Mayer Brown rejig

Mayer Brown’s London-based vice-chair Paul Maher has been overlooked in the firm’s management rejig with his US-based counterpart winning the newly created role of firmwide managing partner. Paul Maher As expected, the firm has elected Bert Krueger as its new chairman as part of a management overhaul that has seen it create a seven member […]

Pinsents promotes eight to partnership

Pinsent Masons will add eight new partners to its ranks this year, with promotions taking effect on 1 May. Two partners have been made up in Asia – Kening Li in the Shanghai outsourcing, technology and commercial team and Peter Borg in the Hong Kong projects and international construction team – with the remainder in […]

Legal Services Board strives for excellence

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has promised to develop “excellence” in legal services regulation in its first business plan. The new regulatory body, which will overarch the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), will come into being in January 2010 and has pledged to make the regulation of legal services a model of best […]

Muckle promotes one to partnership

North East firm Muckle has made up one new partner in its latest round of promotions. Dispute resolution lawyer Kevin Turnball has been promoted to partner while two lawyers have been promoted to associate. Last year the firm promoted two to partner and one to associate. Muckle managing partner Steve McNicol said: “We see promotions […]


Week Four: The Apprentice analysed…

Week four of The Apprentice and this week the teams were lathering up to the cosmetics industry. Sir Alan set the teams the task of creating original and natural body care products to market and sell in central London. Noorul was put in charge of team Ignite and, after much dithering, it was decided that […]

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