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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.



A&O and Allen & Gledhill lead on SocGen’s private banking sale in Asia

Allen & Overy is advising Société Générale on the disposal of its private banking business in Singapore and Hong Kong to Singapore’s DBS Bank, which turned to Allen & Gledhill and Clifford Chance for advice. Allen & Overy (A&O) is advising the French bank in the assets sale, which has a total value of $220m. […]

Starting gun fired on Freshfields London corporate race

The race is on at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to appoint a new London corporate head following Julian Long’s promotion to London managing partner. But who will fill his empty shoes? Will the role go to partner Julian Makin, a corporate deal maker with strong City and investment bank contacts? Or will strong leader Simon Marchant […]

David Mason QC and Saleema Mahmood of No5 Chambers defend in terrorism case

David Mason QC and Saleema Mahmood of No5 Chambers have defended in a terrorism case that involved Ian Forman, 42, Birkenhead, being charged with engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts on or before 6 June. Forman is accused of possessing potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal and making and testing improvised explosive devices. […]


Berwin Leighton Paisner prioritises corporate in promotions round

Berwin Leighton Paisner has taken eight associates into the partnership across its London, Moscow and Hong Kong offices. It is the smallest promotions round since 2010 when eight were promoted, compared with nine in 2013, 11 in 2012, and 13 in 2011. The bulk of the promotions were in the London corporate team, which took […]

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Local authority law: Public enterprise

Cash-strapped local authority legal teams are being pushed towards privatisation – and potentially on a collision course with FTSE 100 outsourcers Last week’s Budget underlined the fact that the theme of austerity is still with us, with headline-grabbing measures on pints, petrol and pensioners not hiding the fact that a recovery is still some way off.  […]

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