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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.


Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/08/95

– JOHN BARRY SIMON MCKAY, 48, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Simon McKay, Ongar, Essex, fined £1,500. No order made as to costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and utilised client money and fail

Moving onwards and upwards

The hard lesson of the recession that no one can rely on a job for life has created a highly competitive and challenging recruitment market within the legal profession. Headlines in The Lawyer over the last few months give an insight into high-profile moves which have sent shock waves through the profession: ‘Sinclairs shipping team […]

Report raps lawyers in Lambeth

LAMBETH Council’s legal department has been criticised for its failure to prevent the misuse of decision-making procedures in the official report on fraud in the borough. Elizabeth Appleby QC’s inquiry found the department failed to prevent the use of “urgency procedures” when they were inappropriate. The report says the procedure – intended for emergency decisions […]

Linklaters usurps Ashursts at SNC

LINKLATERS & Paines’ reward for ground-breaking legal work on Merrill Lynch’s takeover of top UK market-maker Smith New Court (SNC) is expected to yield a business windfall after SNC is integrated into the US giant. Ashurst Morris Crisp which, after many years of advising SNC, including on the Merrill Lynch £526 million acquisition, is likely […]

Turning principle into practice

Roger Pearson reports on a ruling over classification societies which could impact shipping law A recent House of Lords decision on classification societies and their legal liability has pushed the subject to the top of agenda in shipping and commercial circles. The ruling came on a preliminary issue over classification society liability which had never […]

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