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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.


Michael Gove MP

Holman J rules Gove’s BSF decision was ‘unlawful’

Mr Justice Holman has ordered the Government to review its plans to scrap the Building Schools for Future programme. The decision, handed down this morning, gives victory to six local authorities that brought the judicial review proceedings. In his judgment Holman J held that the  decision taken by the Secretary of State for Education Michael […]

Chris Carroll

Tulkinghorn: Goggle images

Who does Chris Carroll think he is? Tulkinghorn recently caught a glimpse of the blueblood lawyer sporting a supremely snazzy pair of ­outsize funky specs that seemed completely out of ­character for the Travers senior partner. Then the penny dropped. Carroll thinks he’s Tim Eyles. Licence to kill, grill and have your fill Regular readers […]


Trio of London boroughs merge legal services as part of spending squeeze

Three London boroughs have announced their plans to merge back office functions, including legal services, in a move designed to generate £35m of savings by 2014. Together the three legal departments of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster employ 122 people, including 70 lawyers, and spend £11m on internal and external matters and […]

Paul Hastings’ European projects chief defects to Hunton’s City base

Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s European projects head is leaving the firm to join the City office of US outfit Hunton & Williams. Jonathan Simpson is the eighth partner to join Hunton’s international energy and infrastructure finance practice in the last year, and the fourth from Paul Hastings. Jeff Schroeder, Larry Skinner and Ellis Butler, […]

Rachel and Matthew Guthrie

On the move

Mourant Ozannes has hired a husband and wife team from ­separate City law firms for its trust and employment litigation groups. Move of the week Rachel and Matthew Guthrie have joined the offshore firm as ­associates from Allen & Overy and Taylor Wessing respectively. Rachel’s practice focuses on employment law and litigation while Matthew is […]

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