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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.

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Cases in point

Lister & ors v Hesley Hall, HL, LTL 3/5/2001`The House of Lords held the employer of a teacher, who had sexually abused children in his charge, vicariously liable for the abuse. In reaching this conclusion their Lordships overruled ST v North Yorkshire County Council (1998). In ST the central issue for the Court of Appeal […]

Don't ask, don't get

Jonathan Fox is very happy in his new position as chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, but the firm is not the only one after his services.`Fox, who joined from DLA where he was client relationship manager for Barclays, was also offered a position at Marks & Spencer, but Fox will not even shop there, let alone […]

Deal of the Week – Cabot Square

Cabot Square was among the clients introduced to Herbert Smith by securitisation partner Jane Borrows, who joined from Sidley & Austin in November 2000. This is Herbert Smith’s first deal for the US client, which was a principal shareholder in UniLodge Holding. The deal was real estate driven, with 4,114 student rooms owned by UniLodge […]

Fox and the terrier

Jonathan Fox, new chief executive of Collyer-Bristow, likes to think of his new firm as a little dog. Unfortunately he does not specify which particular breed – shih-tzu are terribly fashionable this season – but I think it’s fair to say that he’s thinking terrier rather than toy poodle.`This is all part of the Fox […]

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