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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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In brief: Chancery lane lobbies Govt over tax policy

The Law Society is launching a lobbying campaign against the Government’s recent proposals to change the taxation of professional businesses. It has invited representatives from all major firms throughout England and Wales to attend a meeting at its Chancery Lane headquarters on 22 January at 3pm.

Juniors with clout

Although juniors face intense competition from silks, there are a number whose expertise makes them the first port of call for those seeking specialist knowledge Is the junior Bar becoming an endangered species? Although a number of leading solicitors decried the growth of the cult of the individual at the expense of the Bar generally, […]

Gear up for incorporation, barrister warns

The legal profession must prepare itself for a major adjustment when the European Convention on Human Rights is incorporated into English law, a leading barrister in the field has warned. Murray Hunt, of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, which was due to host a conference on the convention’s incorporation over the weekend after The Lawyer went […]

Arbitration court overhauls rules to eliminate delays

The Paris-based International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has overhauled its rules for the first time in 20 years. Key aims of the changes are to reduce delays, to clear up uncertainties about arbitration procedures and to eliminate holes in the rules revealed by experience of the last two decades. […]

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