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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 View from the Asia Pacific

Readers of The Lawyer could not have missed that what were once large London law firms doing international work are now global law firms. In the last decade or so, their offices have proliferated in Asia and elsewhere. Usually these ventures have been successful and so the new offices have expanded rapidly.`Followers of this phenomenon […]

Home sweet home…

So, A&O is considering Hackney for its next home. The move would certainly raise a few eyebrows, but not half as much as Norton Rose moving to Elephant & Castle.`Rumour has it that the firm is keen to build its office on the roundabout, with the circling road doubling as a moat to keep any […]

Accidents And Emergencies

With the legal aid budget slashed and the NHS claims increasingly complex, the Royal College of Nursing’s legal department is being forced to rely on outside advisers to make up the numbers. Naomi Rovnick reports The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which sits just off Harley Street, has just been refurbished, although it is hard […]

Bevan Ashford launches new assault on Bristol insolvency

Bevan Ashford is to launch a dedicated insolvency practice from its Bristol office with the hire of Laytons’ highly-rated Bristol head of insolvency Gordon Bon. `Bon will complement Bevan Ashford’s existing insolvency practice led at the Exeter office by Louise Wilkinson. Insolvency assistant Claire Cole is also moving from Laytons to Bevan Ashford.`Bon’s practice is […]

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