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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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Lawrence Graham in u70m joint venture

Lawrence Graham has completed a u70m joint venture transaction on behalf of Scottish & Newcastle with Hugh Baird & Sons.Partner Paul Walker led a team of two partners Andrew Wade, Caroline May and two assistants. Scottish & Newcastle has previously instructed the firm on a number of transactions.Walker says: ” This deal sets up a […]

Thespians play leading roles in law firm pitches

Professional actors are the latest front line weapon in the war to win new clients, with several law firms using thespians to coach or even play the part of lawyers in pitches.Regional insurance giant Weightmans admits that it has used actors as role playing “extras’ during beauty parades for new work.Several other firms are getting […]

SIF vote criticism 'sour grapes'

It is nonsense to suggest that the four council members who also sit on the board of SIF have a “vested interest” in the continuation of the mutual fund and should have done the “honourable thing” by abstaining from the vote (The Lawyer, 9 March). I challenge anyone to explain precisely what form this “vested […]

In brief: Rosemary Carter

Rosemary Carter, a partner at London-based Barnett Sampson, has taken over the reins at the Solicitors’ Family Law Association following its recent annual general meeting. She replaces David Salter of Addleshaw Booth & Co in Leeds.

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