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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.


Law Soc launches legal aid leaflet campaign

THE Law Society has issued leaflets to legal aid firms urging their clients to join the campaign to prevent the Government from dismantling the legal aid system. “Access denied” – produced and distributed at a cost of £13,000 – describes how conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) work and explains the pitfalls of entering into a CFA. […]

Dublin-Chicago link gives rise to US first

Dublin law firm McKeever Rowan has affiliated its 11-lawyer practice with 200-lawyer Chicago-based law firm Schiff Hardi & Waite giving the firm the honour of becoming the first US law firm to have an office in Ireland.

Bull wins fight for Scottish contract

SCOTLAND’S public prosecuting authority – the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service – has awarded a £1m contract to international IT group Bull Information Systems to overhaul its hardware. Bull fought off competition from computer giant IBM, the existing Crown Office supplier, to secure the contract to provide replacement Unix systems. The five-year deal will […]

Contracting the agent

The number of agency networks has burgeoned recently as demand for contract solicitors has risen. As Rebecca Towers says, firms are increasingly realising how freelancers can improve the bottom line. Rebecca Towers is a freelance journalist. From higher court advocacy to mortgage repossessions, some lawyers now find that agency work can offer the breadth of […]

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