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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.


Pending QBD actions

Pending jury actions in the High Court Queen’s Bench Division include: Nixon v Channel 4 Television Corp & ors (not before 18 December 1995); Mackenzie v Business Magazine (UK) and ors (not before 11 January 1996).

Commission report clears up consent

ADULTS should “generally” be entitled to make their own choices on issues of consent and those who suffer no permanent injury and willingly agree to certain acts should not be subject to criminal proceedings, according to the Law Commission. The commission, which last week released a consultation paper on the effect of consent in the […]

Firm fills Frankfurt post

LINKLATERS & Paines junior corporate finance partner Casper Lawson has been chosen to replace Tony Hickinbotham as joint head of the firm’s practice in Frankfurt. Lawson, currently working in London, is expected to head out to Germany in January to work in the firm’s new joint venture practice with Hamburg and Berlin lawyers Schon Nolte […]

Caution urged over financial moves

John Malpas reports CHAMBERS are being warned to ignore approaches by financial advisers in search of joint ventures which would break professional rules. The warning appears in December’s issue of Bar News, the Bar Council’s newssheet. It says a number of chambers have been approached by advisers suggesting they can team up to arrange structured […]

No ignoring the problem

Some in the profession may have their doubts about the Mears/Sayer/Edge approach to conveyancing. Brian Marson is one and in The Lawyer 19 December he made this clear. In the same article he said he was also totally in favour of good quality conveyancing being carried out for much greater reward than it is currently […]

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