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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’.

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Claims Direct is planning an overhaul of its panel law firms. The personal injury (PI) claims service has decided to reduce the number of firms it instructs as part of a reorganisation and cost-cutting exercise.At one time Claims Direct had around 350 law firms on its panel; now there is an interim panel of around […]

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New York's leading law firms enjoy IPO revival

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Shaw Pittman's health practice loses founder plus two lawyers

Shaw Pittman’s health law practice has been rocked by three high-profile departures, including the practice’s founding partner, in the past month. The three lawyers – partners Guy Collier and Rebecca Jackson, and counsel Lane Macalester – have left for different destinations.Collier returned to McDermott Will & Emery at the beginning of last month. His move […]

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The Lawyer has brought his old college mate Peter back home after a university reunion which saw them measuring how much hair they’d lost and who’d put on the most weight.“Good old Bella, everyone hated her,” remarked the Lawyer as they conducted a post mortem over the dinner table. “One of those people who looked […]

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