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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.


Stevens & Bolton breaches £300K PEP

Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton had a record year in 2006-07, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) pushing through the £300,000 mark. The firm posted a total revenue of £14.1m with a profit margin of 32 per cent, giving it a £4.5m net profit and a PEP of £305,000 for its 15 equity partners. The […]

Bar Council launches legal aid probe

The Bar Council has launched a working party to probe the impact on the bar from competitive tendering and ‘one case one fee’ for legal aid work. The move was announced by Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC at the representative’s body’s AGM in London on Saturday (16 June). The Government has signalled its intention […]

Wallace nets enic’s acquisition of Spurs

Wallace has acted for Enic International on its purchase of Sir Alan Sugar’s remaining shares in football club Tottenham Hotspur. Enic, owned by the family trust of international investor Joseph Lewis and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, instructed a team led by Wallace managing partner Rex Newman on the £25m purchase from Amshold, owned by Sugar […]

Diverging strategies see Gómez-Acebo and Vieira part company

Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo and Portuguese ally Vieira de Almeida & Associados have split following a review of both firms’ international strategies. It is understood that Gómez-Acebo wanted to have its own representative office in Portugal. The firm has a new international strategy and has already announced the opening of a London office in […]

Supreme Court building work begins

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer has announced that work has begun on the new Supreme Court. •The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Lord Falconer has announced that work has begun on the new Supreme Court. The building is expected to open for business in October 2009, […]

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