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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.


Foot Anstey Sargent- Rising 50 – 2005

Turnover: £10.6m Revenue per partner: £407,700 Revenue per lawyer: £151,400 Total number of partners: 26 Total number of fee-earners: 115 Total number of fee-earners (excluding consultants, paralegals, trainees etc): 70 Total number of support staff: 121 Offices: Exeter, Plymouth Equity structure: Merit Core business: Full service Clients: Exeter Friendly Society, Northcliffe Newspaper Group, Plymouth City […]

Inter rail

Mitwa Bavisi has overcome some pretty tough obstacles as Union Railways’ legal counsel – not least the body of Mary Shelley’s mother. By Brendan Malkin The story of Union Railways’ construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) has an epic quality to it, while its subplot has a touch of Gothic horror. Once the […]

Firm profile: New Media Law

The founding partners of media boutique New Media Law, Ian Penman and Paul Hosford, originally met at DLA (now DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) before Hosford decamped to Steptoe & Johnson. Founding partners: Ian Penman and Paul HosfordTurnover: £1mTotal number of partners: TwoTotal number of lawyers: FourMain practice areas: Media and technologyKey clients: Sony Computer […]

Bar Council splits PCC and ‘trade union’ arms

Regulatory and policymaking functions part to deflect criticism of conflicts The Bar Council is to separate its regulatory and policymaking arms to avoid conflicts of interest. The move pre-empts the potential impact of proposals arising out of Sir David Clementi’s ‘Review of the Regulatory Framework for Legal Services’. At present a barrister can investigate and […]


Patent leathering

2004 saw Lord Hoffmann do a U-turn on his Improver patent yardstick. Will it make patent law any easier to interpret? By Stephen Jones The House of Lords last looked at patent law in 1997 in the case of Biogen v Medeva. Then, towards the end of 2004, there was a rush of judicial blood […]

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