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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.



Halliwells – you ain’t seen nothing yet

As reported by The Lawyer today on the cover, four former ­Halliwells partners are being sued by St James’s Court (Manchester), the landlord of its former office on Brown Street in the city. The landlord is demanding ­payment relating to outstanding rent on a 25-year lease signed before the firm moved into ­headquarters at Spinningfields […]

Half-year turnover up 11 per cent at Watson Farley

Watson Farley & Williams has posted double-digit revenue growth for the first six months of the 2010-11 financial year. The firm made £37.6m during the period, up 11 per cent on the comparable period last year, when the firm took in £34m. Managing partner Michael Greville said: “We’re pleased with the half-year billing, which is […]


Proportion of lawyers educated at public school far outstrips national average

The legal profession has become increasingly elitist over the past 20 years, with 15 per cent of lawyers being public school educated while just 2 per cent of the population is. According to research from recruitment consultants Laurence Simons, the proportion of magic circle partners aged under 39 who were educated at public schools rose […]

Cleary sets up shop in Brazil

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is to open an office in Brazil next year, subject to approval of Brazilian authorities.   The São Paulo office, which is expected to include around 10 lawyers initially, will be headed by partners Juan Giráldez and Francisco Cestero. Giráldez is currently based in New York and while Cestero is […]

Kalis’ b-Ark

Norton Rose’s second stealth merger in as many years is the talk of the town (see story). Not all of it is good. Unlike SJ Berwin, the firm did at least successfully keep a lid on its talks with both Deneys Reitz of South Africa and Canada’s Ogilvy Renault for the best part of a […]

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