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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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Euro court rules out fees VAT recovery

A European Court has ruled that VAT on UK corporate lawyers’ fees cannot be recovered. The judgement supports the view of HM Customs & Excise which, since 1989, has meant UK businesses pay 17.5 per cent more for their lawyers than their European counterparts. It was made despite the fact that most continental countries have […]

In brief: IBA hosts next finance seminar in Milan

The International Bar Association will hold its 12th annual seminar on International Financial Law in Milan next month. The seminar, which runs from 10-13 May, will include presentations on project finance, new Euro-market products, bank guarantees and other on-demand payment instruments. For further information contact the IBA on 0171 629 1206.

Ruling paves way for tax challenges

LONDON firm John Singh & Co has lost its High Court fight against swingeing taxation of a legal aid bill for defence at a Southwark Crown Court fraud trial. The case represents a signpost ruling that the decisions of taxation masters can be susceptible to judicial review, although Mr Justice Latham made it clear the […]

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