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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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In brief: UK-Canada swap by Stikeman Elliott

Stuart Cobbett is moving from Canadian barristers and solicitors Stikeman Elliott’s Montreal headquarters to head the firm’s City-based operation from 1 September. Cobbett takes over from Calin Rovinescu who returns to Canada to become the firm’s managing partner. Cobbett said there would be no dramatic changes at the London office.

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Bacfi puts partnerships at top of its agenda

EMPLOYED barristers are to discuss calls for barristers to be allowed to enter in to partnerships with solicitors and accountants at a meeting to test opinion in the sector on a range of contentious issues. The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (Bacfi) has taken the unusual step of inviting its members to an […]

Hi-tech trainers

About two years ago, we decided to completely change the computer hardware, operating systems and applications across our firm. Basic technology we now take for granted, such as the mouse, was unfamiliar to many staff and the training team was confronted with the huge task of training 2,000 people worldwide in 15 months. Although there […]

Litigation Personal Injury 13/08/96

Quested v HW Sladden and Co – QBD 18 July 1996 Claimant: Alan Quested, 56 Incident: Asbestosis Injuries: Claimant joined Canterbury-based company (defendants) in 1963 as pipe fitter and worked his way up to become a director of the company in 1990; however, he died in August 1995 of asbestosis said to have developed as […]

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