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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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Scuffle of the week

Lord Irvine is embroiled in a human rights battle with the Law Society, which claims his legal aid legislation, the Access to Justice Bill, breaches the Government’s flagship civil liberties’ reforms, the Human Rights Act. To back its case, the society has secured the opinion of former Law Commissioner Jack Beatson QC, who says the […]

Square Mile

It was recently reported the American Bar Association (ABA) had decided to relax the rules allowing multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs). However, it also appeared that the executive summary was that other professions that wanted to join would have to abide by ABA rules. It is arguable that in the US the lawyers are in the driving […]

In brief: Barker Gotelee

Barker Gotelee an agricultural firm in Suffolk has appointed ex-National Farmers Union chief legal adviser Sally Stanyer as a consultant. Stanyer led the group action against the beef export ban.

SIF bows to pressure from City

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has finally yielded to pressure from City firms to allow bigger “deductibles” on their SIF contributions. The climbdown, announced at last week’s Law Society council meeting, comes a year before the monopoly is to fold. Council members voted to let the 67 firms in the country that earn more than […]

… as Clifford Chance becomes LLP

Clifford Chance will become a New York limited liability partnership (LLP) when it merges with Rogers & Wells. Rogers & Wells is a New York LLP, and managing partner Larry Cranch says keeping the US firm’s protected status was a condition for the merger. LLPs protect partners’ personal assets from negligence claims against the firm. […]

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