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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.


Seeking higher family values

Clerks in family law chambers deserve a pat on the back: the consensus from family solicitors is that there has been a radical improvement in service from the London family bar in recent times. Jeremy Levison, of niche family firm Levison Meltzer Pigott, says the family bar has become much more user-friendly. “The clerks are […]

Legal Widow

Just returned from our two weeks in France. We tried to be grown up this year and stay in a hotel, with visions of drinking coffee on our balcony and reading newspapers while the children sported in the pool below. Doomed from the start; having children means never reading a paper again, mostly because your […]

Councils must pay mental health bill

Many local authorities throughout the country face having their budgets thrown into disarray by a new High Court ruling over funding of accommodation for discharged mental patients. Mr Justice Sullivan has ruled that authorities are not entitled to insist on discharged patients paying for the accommodation it is stipulated they must live in as a […]

This week

Hammond Suddards and University College London are holding a conference on European business regulation and the relationship between community and national competition law, on 17 September at the Law Society’s Chancery Lane headquarters.

Merging US law firms form global IP giant

Two US firms are merging to form the world’s biggest IP practice, and the new firm’s next target will be Europe. Washington DC-based Howrey & Simon and Houston IP firm Arnold White & Durkee will join forces on 1 January 2000. The 470-lawyer merged firm will boast a team of 250 IP lawyers, which is […]

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