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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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‘MANAGING to survive and succeed’ is the theme for the Legal Education and Training Group’s sixth annual conference to be held in London later this month. The conference, being held at the Langham Hilton on 23 June, will include keynote speeches from Price Waterhouse’s Matthew de Lange and John Stevens from the Institute of Personnel […]

Jonathan Leslie praises the trend towards judicial flexibility

Lord Woolf’s and Lord Taylor’s recent recommendations show that there is a new spirit abroad in the judiciary. Hopefully this will lead to improved practices and to the more interventionist role of trial judges recommended by the Heilbron Committee. Certainly, the judiciary has been willing to improve its procedures to give more direction to litigation. […]

Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 13/06/95

JOHN HENRY JANES, 46, admitted 1977, practised as Howard Janes, Kingsbridge, Devon, struck off and ordered to pay £881 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes, held himself out as practising solicitor in investment business when he had no authority to do so, failed to deliver accountants report on […]

Election round-up. On the Law Society campaign trail

HENRY HODGE: “Has the experience and the ability to effectively lead the profession, promoting service to the clients and decent remuneration for solicitors.” – Promote a guideline fee structure for conveyancing and proceed with work on defined retainers. – Cut the practice certificate by 10 per cent, promote no-claims bonuses for indemnity funds and penalty […]

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