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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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Price Waterhouse pulls in Pinsents partner for Europe

PRICE Waterhouse has appointed Paul Downing, managing partner of the London office of Pinsent Curtis, to head its network of European law firms. The move, which centres Price Waterhouse’s network in London, was announced last Friday to the Pinsent Curtis partnership. Downing will join Arnheim & Co, headed by ex-Hammonds Suddard partner Christopher Arnheim, in […]

In brief: Access to Justice researcher heads talks

One of Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice inquiry team members will address a conference by the National Council for Access to Law. District judge Dick Greenslade will lead the one-day event in addressing issues ranging from how litigants in person should present their cases and how changes to civil court claim limits will affect solicitors, […]

Contractors sound off at profession

BUILDING lawyers have received a pasting for being expensive, unprofessional and superior in a poll of the UK’s major contractors. A “deep dissatisfaction” with the legal profession is displayed in the survey in the New Civil Engineer magazine. The magazine questioned the country’s top 60 contractors on their attitude towards their lawyers. Cost was a […]

Increase in fraud figures for lawyers and accountants

ACCOUNTANCY firm KPMG’s annual ‘fraud barometer’ reveals a 42 per cent increase in the number of lawyers and accountants charged with serious fraud. Partner in KPMG’s fraud investigation unit Adam Bates said although the figures for lawyers and accountants were lumped together, most cases related to lawyers. The barometer recorded 17 lawyers and accountants charged […]

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