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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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Litigation Writs 18/11/97

A man who claims he lost out on a divorce settlement by remarrying is suing his former solicitors for compensation. Anthony Chilton of Bracknell has issued a writ claiming damages against Druces & Attlee of London, EC2, alleging he lost the chance of a settlement of about £200,000 as a result of the firm failing […]

Property

Norton Rose acted for Helical Bar on its the acquisition of 8-10 Mansion House Place, London, and for the £12m funding of the development with Depfa Bank. Joint sellers The Drapers’ Company and the City Parochial Foundation were advised by Bircham & Co and Farrer & Co, respectively. Allen & Overy acted for Depfa Bank.

In brief: LCD consultation papers on the Internet

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has issued two consultation papers on proposed procedures for clinical negligence papers and multi-party actions which build on the plans unveiled by the Lord Woolf inquiry. They are available on the LCD’s Web site at: http://www.open.gov.uk/lcd/index.htm. The deadline for comments is 31 December.

Getting into the limelight

Juniors have to work hard to shine in this field. We single out a number of talented barristers who have made a big impression. Public and administrative law is not a specialism noted for its plethora of talented juniors, simply because of the nature of the work, particularly in the field of judicial review. As […]

Rouse & Co benefits from Dallas Brett dissolution

Seven-partner Oxford commercial practice Dallas Brett is dissolving, with its three intellectual property partners, Anna Booy, Ben Goodger and senior partner Hugh Brett, leaving for Rouse & Co International. At the time of going to press, managing partner and leading South East corporate finance lawyer Jonathan Loake was believed to be still considering his position. […]

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