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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.


Work emails to spouses may not be protected by marital privilege

Yesterday in a criminal case, United States v Hamilton, 2012 WL 6000731, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that emails the defendant sent to his wife over his employer’s email system were properly admitted as evidence against him. At the time he sent the emails, his employer had no computer usage […]


Macfarlanes breaks back through £100m barrier as turnover jumps 8 per cent

Macfarlanes has posted an 8 per cent increase in turnover and a 20 per cent hike in average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2011-12 financial year, with fee income exceeding £100m for the first time since 2008. The City firm turned over £102.2m in the 2011-12 financial year, up from £94.7m in 2010-11, […]


Manches returns to traditional law firm model as CEO prepares for exit

Manches chief executive Judit Petho is to part company with the firm two years after she was appointed to boost its profitability. The firm said that Petho had refocused Manches on its core practices and the firm was now reverting to a traditional legal management structure with London managing partner Melvin Pedro and Thames Valley […]

Shard ‘n’ Freude

There’s understandable outrage that visitors wishing to see the vista from the Shard’s viewing platform will be charged a massive £24.95. But if any law firms choose to move in, visitors could be charged even more to look out of the window. Roughly £700 per hour, in fact, based on typical partner call-out rates. No […]

Quinn, Cooley and WilmerHale seal truce in Yahoo!-Facebook patent war

Months of conflict between Yahoo!’s advisers at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Facebook’s advisers at Cooley and WilmerHale have come to an end after the technology giants agreed to cross-license patents and collaborate on future projects. The decision to drop lawsuits and form an advertising alliance ends a high-profile patent war that was started […]

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