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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.


SJ Berwin boosts turnover by 22 per cent and PEP by 10 per cent

SJ Berwin has announced a 10 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP) and a turnover hike of 22 per cent. After the 2005-06 financial year results reported an astounding 27 per cent increase in turnover, this year’s figures represented another strong year, bringing the total to £189m, up from £155m. PEP rose […]

Bar regulator kicks off code of conduct overhaul

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) is set to overhaul its code of conduct for barristers for the first time since it was published in 1981, setting aside three years for the project. The BSB has published a consultation paper for barristers to give their opinions on how to update the rules to take into account […]

A&O lures Simmons team for Abu Dhabi launch

Allen & Overy(A&O) has continued its expansion in the Middle East, opening its second office in a month through a raid on Simmons & Simmons in Abu Dhabi. The magic circle firm has hired Simmons Abu Dhabi managing partner Ibrahim Mubaydeen, who has expertise in project finance and particularly in infrastructure and energy. He brings […]

BLG makes up 36 to new semi-partner role

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has introduced a new management level of associate director as part of the firm’s continued shake-up. The grade came into force this week with 36 associates being made up associate director, which is a new status level between associate and partner. The position of associate director is not necessarily an […]

Ombudsman raises Legal Services Bill fears

The legal services ombudsman Zahida Manzoor has voiced concerns about the detail of the Legal Services Bill, but on the whole calls the Government’s aims laudable. Manzoor, in her annual report, urged the Government to ensure reforms deliver what was intended for the consumer and the profession. The report states that Manzoor is particularly concerned […]

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