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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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Sting steers Coutts into court over u5m

Roger Pearson looks ahead Pop giant Sting is suing the Queen’s bankers, Coutts & Co for nearly u5 million. The action, scheduled to come on in the Commercial Court later this year, has been launched by the star’s company, Steerpike (Overseas) Ltd. The company says it had a current account at the bank’s Kensington branch […]

UK software makes debut at OJ trial

DEFENCE lawyers acting for American actor/footballer OJ Simpson are to use British legal software in the highly publicised murder trial starting at the end of the month. LiveNote, a computer-aided transcription system produced by Smith Bernal, was selected by the trial consultant to OJ Simpson’s lawyers, Robert Shapiro and F Lee Bailey. The UK product, […]

City firms lose ground to West End

TOP City law firms deny they are being squeezed out of important business by their medium-sized rivals despite new statistics out this week. The figures show that the number of assistants at the top 10 City firms has dropped below 1992 levels, and that assistants’ salary rates have fallen for the first time in living […]

Police lawyers pool ideas

IN-HOUSE lawyers working for police authorities are setting up an association to pool ideas and discuss common problems. An ad hoc group has been in existence for several years but now a draft constitution is being drawn up with a view to setting up a formal association. Chris Porteous, solicitor to the Commissioner of the […]

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