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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.



SJ Berwin advised All American Communications

CD-ROM has EU law covered

All European Union legislation is now available on CD-ROM. European Law contains all EU legislation, treaties, directives and regulations, as well as European Court of Justice cases and references to national implementation measures. Guidelines from the DTI on the likely impact of legislation are also included, together with proposals and contact points at the DTI […]

Crime ace switches set

High-profile barrister Richard Lissack QC has moved from the chambers of Anthony Donne QC at 2 King’s Bench Chambers to 35 Essex Street, citing the need for greater back-up as his workload grows. Lissack, the crime and fraud specialist who prosecuted the Maxwell fraud trial, said he wanted to move from a set which specialised […]

Judges in peril

The issue of judicial independence has been in and out of the headlines all summer as politicians and judges have wrestled over how much discretion the judiciary should have in sentencing. Of course, on the world stage, judicial independence is not always a question of such legal niceties. It is no exaggeration to say that […]

Hambros deal with licensed conveyancers sparks pledge to liberalise solicitors' rules

A NEW deal between a leading estate agents and licensed conveyancers to provide a seven-day-a-week conveyancing service has prompted a renewed Law Society pledge to move quickly to liberalise solicitors’ practising restrictions. Hambro Countrywide and the Council of Licensed Conveyancers last week entered into an arrangement to offer the service through Hambros’ 700 estate agents […]

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