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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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In brief: Lawyers question courts' commercial role

Leading lawyers will decide whether there is still a place for the courts in commercial disputes in a debate at the Thames Valley Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on Wednesday. Proposing the motion that there is no longer a place for the courts will be Derek Wood QC and solicitor and Arthur Marriot. […]

Merton boss becomes Brent core lawyer

Helen Sage reports The former head of the London Borough of Merton’s legal department, Peter Large, has joined Brent’s core lawyers service, which provides in-house legal advice for the council’s corporate affairs. He said he wanted to move away from the management role he had at Merton and start practising law again. Large was articled […]

Crane crash

A vehicle crash with a difference is the subject of a pending High Court action. The trustees of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster, which owns the Cardinal Wiseman Roman Catholic High School at Greenford, Middlesex, are seeking £78,000 compensation from Baldwins Industrial Services, of Mill Street, Slough. Baldwins owns a 12-tonne crane that rolled […]

Educational forum debates profession's international future

LAWYERS from all over the world have been debating the future of the legal profession at a marathon five-day conference in Oxford. Jesus College was the venue for the International Legal Ed ucation Forum organised by the Trainee Solicitors Group and Oxford Law Society. The stated aim of the forum is to boost global co-operation […]

Scottish Law Society gains a formal say on legislation

The Scottish Office is to allow the Law Society of Scotland and the Scottish Law Commission formal access to all bills and to have a say in how they have been drafted before they are introduced to Parliament. The move is understood to have followed the hurried redrafting of acts such as the 1990 licensing […]

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