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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.



Trowers names new UAE chief for embattled Middle East practice

Trowers & Hamlins has named Bahrain partner Abdullah Mutawi as the new head of its United Arab Emirates practice in a strategic effort to reassert its presence in the Middle East. Trowers & Hamlins has named Bahrain partner Abdullah Mutawi as the new head of its United Arab Emirates practice in a strategic effort to […]

Televising the revolution

Louise Restell argues the case for letting cameras into court Thinking about it now, it seems extraordinary that I rushed home on 3 October 1995 to see the live verdict of the OJ Simpson trial on TV. Along with over half of the US population and quite a large percentage of the UK one, I […]


Gide loses partner to Winston & Strawn

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has lost its second partner in a week as employment specialist Philippe Desprès moves to Winston & Strawn. The departure follows last week’s news that capital markets partner Patrice Doat, along with three associates, had left Gide for Linklaters (30 August 2011). Desprès joins Winston & Strawn with Gide associate […]

Chris Saul

Slaughters puts emphasis on China after chief’s exit

Slaughter and May has rejigged its Greater China practice as veteran finance partner George Goulding retires. Goulding is being replaced as resident Beijing partner by corporate ­partner Lisa Chung, a ­Mandarin-speaker who spent four years as a local partner in Hong Kong before joining the London equity in 2010. Chung recently advised the Hong Kong Monetary Authority on the HK$100bn (£8.03bn) […]

Simon Priddis

Betfred lines up with Freshfields as OFT mulls Tote buy challenge

Betfred has turned to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s competition team as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) considers referring the bookmaker’s £265m acquisition of the Horserace Totalisator Board (the Tote) to the Competition Commission (CC). Freshfields competition partner Simon Priddis has been brought in to advise on the deal, which would result in Betfred holding 1,350 stores. […]

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