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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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Brick Court scoops Lord Hoffmann as door tenant

Retiring law lord Lord Hoffmann is to join Brick Court Chambers as a door tenant. Lord Hoffman Hoffman, who is due to retire from the House of Lords later this month, will join the set as an arbitrator and will also look at mediation work. Brick Court senior clerk Ian Moyler said: “We’re very happy. […]

Mills & Reeve faces action over MBO advice

Mills & Reeve is facing a professional negligence claim after the advice it gave to a company chief executive allegedly resulted in the businessman’s daughters paying a £1.3m ­inheritance tax bill. It is alleged that the firm advised Christopher Swain on a management buyout of telecoms company Swains International when he was having surgery in […]

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Bridge McFarland

After outgrowing its Lincoln base, Bridge McFarland is marking 2009 as the year to expand its presence in the North East. Darryn Hedges Having grown from a high street practice into a personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence ­specialist, the firm is broadening its outlook. Over the past year it has made hay while the […]

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Rogues (and claims) gallery

Settling the estate of an eccentric artist who left behind bizarre artefacts and hundreds of claimants has been the (strangest) case of a lifetime, explains Peter Walmsley Paul Walmsely There are certain cases in every lawyer’s career that can be determined as a landmark, and for my colleagues and I the administration of the estate […]

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