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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.


Litigation booms in Bristol Gareth Chadwick

The widely-expected litigation boom failed to materialise in Bristol as it did elsewhere. Nevertheless, the faltering economy seems to have been a boon for local litigators With a limited industrial hinterland centred on Avonmouth and with only one or two big engineering names in the vicinity, such as Rolls Royce and BA, Bristol does not […]

Great figurers wanted

Tulkinghorn has been contacted by an influential figure within one of London’s premier law firms, who asks plaintively whether tax lawyers can ever be sexy. Ever wanting to help out his friends in the City, Tulkinghorn would like to ask readers to help dispel the myth that tax is for boffins. Here’s the challenge: find […]

Judge Langley lambasts Pollock over Noboa case

Essex Court silk takes heavy flak from trial judge for ‘showing no restraint’ during cross-examination Gordon Pollock QC, the defeated claimants’ counsel in the mammoth Noboa litigation, and his team were heavily criticised by trial judge Mr Justice Langley for using no restraint in their conduct of the case, which ended last week. The judge […]

CC and Macfarlanes come out winners in PPM review

Helen Power examines PPM Ventures’ efforts to follow Alchemy’s lead in downsizing its legal panel PPM Ventures has been pretty quiet since it sold most of its stake in UK bingo operator Gala Group back in May 2000. It has made a big investment in the Cannons gym group and an aborted attempt to take […]

Lord Hunt keeps hold of Beachcroft’s top job

Lord Hunt of the Wirral is re-elected as senior partner Beachcroft Wansbroughs has re-elected Lord Hunt of the Wirral as senior partner for a further three-year term. Lord Hunt’s next term of office in the role will run from 1 May 2003 to 30 April 2006. He has been the firm’s senior partner since 1996.

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