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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.


Royal tussle

The High Court is set to become the stage for a battle between two wealthy Arab rulers. Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamed al-Thani and his father, Sheikh Hamed bin Khalifa al-Thani, are reported to be on course for a major courtroom confrontation in London over billions of dollars of state money which Sheik Hamed claims his […]

Wine and dine MPs, says Law Society

Solicitors are being encouraged to take their local MPs out to lunch as part of an initiative to turn lawyers into successful parliamentary lobbyists. Addressing a mini conference “Getting the best out of Government”, organised by the South West regional office of the Law Society, Chris Philipsborn, the Law Society’s parliamentary officer, said effective local […]

The best of the up-and-coming

One family law solicitor explains that because of the personal and subjective aspects involved in family law, solicitors in this area tend to return to the “tried and tested” counsel. This is the case for both leaders and juniors, as well as the chambers which are used. Again it is mainly the sets wit the […]

In brief: Museum appoints Halliwell Landau

Manchester-based Halliwell Landau has been appointed legal adviser to the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. “Halliwell Landau was chosen to provide all legal services to the museum in view of the firm’s breadth of expertise and commitment to service,” said museum director Patrick Greene. Halliwell partner Geoffrey Shindler will lead the legal team […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 17/09/96

Andrew Mark Jones, 31, admitted 1989, practising at material times as assistant solicitor with Toller Hales & Colcutt, Northampton, struck off and ordered to pay £548 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money. Tribunal told that Jones had misused at least £11,241 from his firm’s client bank account for the benefit of […]

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