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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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Mills & Reeve launches new banking practice

Mills & Reeve has set up a dedicated banking and finance practice to service its institutional clients, including Halifax Bank of Scotland, Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland The group, which will be based in the firm’s Cambridge office, is made up of two partners and four support lawyers. Finance partner Andrew Wood will head […]

Martyr to focus on international strategy as Norton Rose new CEO

Change in management structure ‘symbolic’ of new firm culture; firm to target Gibson Dunn, Willkie, Debevoise and Paul Weiss Peter Martyr has beaten off competition from his fellow partners Peter Rees and Jeff Barratt to become the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Norton Rose, as revealed by thelawyer.com/ lawyernews last week. Martyr has been […]

Clarke Willmott merger creates sporting giant

Clarke Willmott breaks out of West Country with £20m Southampton link-up Bristol and Taunton firm Clarke Willmott & Clarke has taken its first step out of the West Country by merging with Southampton firm Ensor Byfield.The move is part of Clarke Willmott’s strategy to expand into new commercial centres.Ensor Byfield has a small London office […]

Inland Revenue slashes barristers' fees

The Inland Revenue has dramatically reduced the fees it pays to barristers, in some cases by up to 75 per cent It comes at a time when the Government Legal Service (GLS) is overhauling the way in which it pays barristers by establishing a single rate for each panel of barristers doing Government work.Under this […]

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