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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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In brief: Lewis Silkin attracts Lovells partner

Lewis Silkin has gained a property consultant from Lovell White Durrant. David Shankland was a partner at Lovells for 23 years and for much of that time he headed its property sector. Shankland said: “I relish this opportunity to continue and expand my property law practice at such a dynamic and client-focused firm as Lewis […]

In brief: Lord Chancellor plans simpler libel actions

Libel actions will be “improved and simplified” by Lord Mackay’s Defamation Bill, introduced into the House of Lords last week. Improvements in the Defamation Bill include a new summary procedure, allowing judges to dispose quickly of simpler and less serious claims and avoid the need for a trial. Judges will be able to make awards […]

Players serve tennis action

Preliminary skirmishes began in the High Court within days of tennis players Mats Wilander, of Sweden, and Czech Karel Novacek, issuing a High Court writ against the President and Treasurer of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Procedural matters have already come under the gaze of the Chancery Division. The final case, expected to be pushed […]

Revised Bill fails to please

The Finance Bill is once again poorly drafted, despite now being partly in the hands of private practice lawyers as part of the Government’s drive for improvement, according to the Law Society. Concerns also remain on specific tax matters in the proposed legislation, including inadequate appeal provisions and ‘over the top’ rule changes. The society’s […]

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