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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.


World trade talks

The Centre of International Investment Law Library is organising a programme of 51 conferences from 18 October on a series of World Trade development topics. The world Trade Development conferences will include sessions on project financing, co-financing, syndications, the World Trade Organisation and the settlement of disputes. Information can be obtained from Dr Robert Glah […]

Spare us the sermons

Losing an election I can take in my stride but please spare me the regular sermons from Tony Holland. Although I normally disagree with virtually everything he says I have resisted the urge to respond, but one of his recent columns contained two statements which are such fine examples of Law Society-speak that I can’t […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 24/09/96

Emmanuel Chukwubiko Abaraonye, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Stuart A West & Co, London EC1, struck off and ordered to pay £2,512 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised despite notice having been given to him that the Law Society’s powers of intervention had been exercised in respect of his practice, failed to ensure that […]

Financial Services. Maximise the commercial breaks

The theme of the programme for this year’s SIFA conference, to be held at Plaisterer’s Hall, London EC2 on 2 October, is the interface between legal and financial services work. The conference is designed not only for financial services specialists, but also for their legal colleagues. Fee-earner awareness of financial services matters is becoming a […]

Better the legal aid scheme you know…

As the political temperature increases in the run-up to spring’s general election, it will be interesting to see what happens to legal aid, its funding and development. The Government’s agenda was set out in the recent white paper. It includes radical changes in the delivery of the service, making it more structured and involving larger […]

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