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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.



RBS and panel firms lock horns over secondees

Tension is growing between RBS and the firms pitching for its legal panel as the bank tightens its ­secondment ­criteria and firms struggle to manage their streamlined teams.

Legal bodies run the gauntlet of creating contracts for sets’ fees

The issue of barristers’ fees is a bit like Fight Club – the first rule is you don’t talk about it. Yet it is an issue that is of increasing importance as litigators ask counsel to share the pain and help clients with limited budgets bring cases to fruition.

Tatchell speech ushers in BLP’s LGB network

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) formally launched its lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) network last week with a talk on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal equality given by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.

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