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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.


MFI reviews legal panel to save £5m in adviser fees

MFI is pursuing a major review of its external legal advisers as the FTSE 250 furniture retailer moves to slash professional advisory fees by at least £5m. The retailer’s sole in-house lawyer Adrian Thurston confirmed to The Lawyer that MFI is keen to consolidate its advisers in the hope that it can strike a deal on fees. […]

Law Soc council vote to review referral fees

An overwhelming majority of Council members today (Thursday 16 December) voted to review the Law Society’s position on referral fees. Following work carried out by the society’s Standards Board on ways to carry out the review, members voted by a majority of 68 votes to nine, with six abstentions, to undertake the review. Amendments proposed […]

Clementi: the results

Sir David Clementi has today (15 December) published his long awaited report on the regulatory review of legal services. In his report Clementi made the following key recommendations. The creation of : 1. a single independent body to handle consumer complaints in respect of all members of frontline bodies;2. alternative business structures to enable solicitors […]

Grief steak

It’s been a long time coming, but it seems lawyers are finally getting a taste of their own medicine. In September, after ordering a medium-rare steakburger from the Marriot West India Quay, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Tim Sanders found himself slapped with a legal disclaimer. “Although we are happy to accommodate the […]

Thrill bill

Lawyers are no doubt sick to death of jokes about the word ‘solicitor’ and its connection with that other age-old profession, prostitution. A lawyer in the US, though, this year lived up to the title after being charged with solicitation. The lawyer, a former county prosecutor, allegedly offered to have sex with a 19-year-old client to enable […]

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