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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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Knight & Sons wins German contract

North-West firm Knight & Sons has won a four-way beauty parade held by the UK subsidiary of German industrial lubricant company Fuchs. Fuchs UK operates in Hanley, Staffordshire and Belper, Derbyshire. Twenty-partner Knight & Sons is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire and has recently opened a Manchester office. Fuchs UK managing director Michael Kost explained: […]

Meeting the EU challenge

A new handbook for the Bar sets out to help lawyers with European Union law, says Nicholas Green QC. Nicholas Green QC is a barrister at Brick Court Chambers. European law represents an enormous challenge for all lawyers. But many lawyers have only a half-knowledge of aspects of EU law relevant to their practices, while […]

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Data service puts property on the map

An ambitious computer-based project in Bristol should make life easier for all conveyancing solicitors, reports Bob Smith. Bob Smith is head of the NLIS Group at HM Land Registry. Land and property account for more than 20 per cent of the UK’s gross domestic product. Improving the management of these resources through the creation of […]

Reform on the road to peace

A review of the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland is central to a lasting peace settlement, reports Fiona Doherty. Fiona Doherty is a barrister. The recent history of Northern Ireland has spawned a legacy of distrust and injustice on all sides. In this context there can be no more urgent mission than the review […]

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