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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.


AIM to the rescue in computer 'crisis'

Helen Sage reports AIM Professional has identified a need among its clients for crisis consultancy in the event of computer theft and damage. The company is offering eight hours of free “crisis consultancy” to all existing and potential customers. This year 10 AIM users have lost vital computer equipment through burglary, flooding and electrical storm […]

Report finds 'Boys club' in fine form

THE OLD boy network continues to thrive among the legal profession according to the third in a series of reports carried out by the Policy Studies Institute. The report, to be released this week, will echo past studies by saying firms show a strong preference for Oxbridge graduates and applicants for training contracts have a […]

Taming of the hired guns

In the context of Lord Woolf’s other recommendations for the civil justice system published in Access to Justice, the proposals for the use of experts look modest. But they could have a big impact on how experts do forensic work. The interim report identified the problems of cost, delay and complexity. These, especially cost, are […]

Write to reply

Evidence for court is in two parts: written and oral. Most cases are dealt with on the strength of written evidence and this can avoid the need for an individual to give evidence from the witness box. Written evidence is in the control of the writer and can give a lot of confidence if he […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 21/11/95

Treating investment income as a trading receipt Nuclear Electric v Bradley (1995). CA (Sir Thomas Bingham MR, Millett J and Schiemann J) 17/10/95. Summary: Investment income of a trading company is not to be treated for tax purposes as a trading receipt when the company is not a banker, a tour operator or an insurance […]

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