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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.


Is it time to split up the society?

Everyone supports efficiency, but there is only so much that can be saved through that route. This year’s £20 reduction in the practising certificate fee is the result of efficiency savings and a forward-looking property strategy. No doubt further savings will be experienced in 1996, But for real cuts you need to stop doing some […]

First triumph for no win no fee

A SWANSEA firm has claimed a conditional fees first with the successful completion of a trial on a no win no fee basis. John Collins & Partners believes it made history when Swansea County Court found in favour of its client in a dispute over liability following a car accident. The client, a self-employed carpenter, […]

Inquiry is only key to truth, says lawyer

THE FORMER partner of murdered Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane says a judicial inquiry is the only way to establish the truth over allegations of collusion by the Government and security forces in Finucane’s 1989 murder. Peter Madden is acting for Finucane’s widow, Geraldine, in a negligence action against the Ministry of Defence. The case is […]

Making money work

For the practice seeking to meet the needs of the private client the addition of an investment services department can bring great benefits. But how do you make it work? Choosing the right person to run the department is a critical starting point. Not only must he or she be able to set up the […]

Watson Farley swaps US partners

WATSON Farley & Williams is returning New York partner David Osborne to its London headquarters almost six years after he opened the firm’s US office. Osborne will be replaced at the 25-lawyer US practice by banking partner Michael Kenny who moved to New York last month. Kenny, who joined Watson Farley from Norton Rose in […]

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