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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.



DAVID Andrews, former managing partner of London firm Clifford Turner and the first UK management consultant to specialise in advising law firms, has been inducted as a Fellow of the US-based College of Law Practice Management to recognise his contributions to law firm management. His citation called him the “best known legal management consultant outside […]

New recruit heads huge tax law rewrite

A MASSIVE five-year, £25 million project to put 7,000 pages of tax legislation into plain English has taken its first steps with the appointment of Ron Downhill, tax partner at Berwin Leighton, and two other tax experts as advisers on the project. Downhill said he and the other two advisers to the Inland Revenue would […]

Litigation Writs 16/07/96

Colchester man Matthew Quinn has launched a High Court compensation claim in which he is suing Essex police for damages for alleged assault and battery. Quinn seeks damages, including aggravated and exemplary damages, for alleged assault, battery, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. His writ says the claim is a due to police actions on and […]

A president on parallel lines

Having to fight off a bid by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to prise fee income information out of all Scottish law firms was a rather rude and sudden introduction to the presidency of the Law Society of Scotland. But Grant McCulloch, solicitor-advocate and partner in the Edinburgh office of Drummond Miller WS, is used […]

Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

Australian international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has closed its Taiwan and New York offices to cut back on costs. But Mallesons’ London partner Greg Hammond emphasised that its London office was staying open. “We have just reviewed all our overseas operations and the decision was taken to close the New York and Taiwan office but […]

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