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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’.


Dewey to cut London headcount

Dewey & LeBoeuf has launched a redundancy consultation in London with the aim of reducing its associate headcount by approximately 15. The US firm will cut about 9 per cent of London-based associates and will also shed 13 per cent of support staff in the capital. In an email sent to all London staff chairman […]


Glasgow City Council names panel choices

Glasgow City Council has finalised its new legal panel, ­awarding places to DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons alongside a host of Scottish firms. Burness and Biggart Baillie were the biggest winners, with places on seven on the council’s nine sub-panels. Brodies and DLA Piper were handed mandates on six sub-panels, while Pinsents was included on […]


BDO refused appeal in bid to recover cash from former Halliwells partner

BDO partners acting as liquidators for Halliwells were yesterday refused leave to appeal a High Court judgment that prevented them from chasing one of the failed firm’s former partners for cash. Lawyers for Halliwells’ liquidators, BDO partners Shay Bannon and Dermot Power, were in the Chancery Division of the High Court seeking leave to appeal […]


Polish govt hands Linklaters Euro 2012 stadium construction gig

Linklaters has scored the lead role advising the Polish government on the construction of a new national football stadium as the venue for the opening match of the Uefa European 2012 Football Championship, which is beingco-hosted by Poland and Ukraine. The government started the tender process to find a construction company to build the stadium […]


Shearman confirms job cuts in US and Canada

Shearman & Sterling is to cut 60 support staff jobs in its US and Canadian offices after yesterday announcing redundancies in the UK (3 March). In an email sent to the firm Shearman’s executive director Kimberly Gardner confirmed that cuts are being made due to volatile market conditions. The firm’s New York, Toronto, Washington DC […]

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