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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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In brief: Paul Shrubsall

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Case of the week

The sword of truth finally fell on Jonathan Aitken this week when the old-Etonian left for an 18-month holiday at the public’s expense. Clutching his shield of English fair play the former minister was led down after being sentenced for perjury and perverting the course of justice after his libel case against The Guardian and […]

In brief: Keeble Hawson Moorhouse

Keeble Hawson Moorhouse has poached clinical negligence assistant Caroline Moore from rival Yorkshire firm Wake Smith. Moore says: “I am looking forward to challenges from 1 August when legal aid will only be available to clients of firms with clinical negligence teams.”

Morgan Stanley appoints new chief legal officer

International bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter has appointed a new chief legal officer from Chicago-based law firm Kirkland & Ellis. Linklaters & Alliance and Allen & Overy are among the UK firms used by Morgan Stanley which may be affected by the change of leadership. Donald Kempf is senior partner at Kirklands and specialises in […]

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