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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.


DTI adds its voice to India licences row

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry is calling a special meeting this week to discuss the crisis facing foreign lawyers in India. Officials will meet law firms on Friday to discuss how to ease the situation for foreign firms with offices in India. The Law Society has also been invited to attend. The move comes […]

Party plans raft of legal reforms

A MAJOR Liberal Democrat policy paper on legal reform is to be unveiled at the House of Commons next week. The paper, to be called Access to Justice, will provide a benchmark for lawyers ass-essing the different approach of the three major parties to law reform. It has been produced by the Liberal Democrat Lawyers […]

QCs slug it out for Bar vice-chair

TOP criminal advocate Anne Rafferty QC is understood to be in the running for the vice-chairmanship of the Bar. She is among four QCs believed to be fighting for the nomination. Rafferty, of 4 Brick Court, has been chair of the 2,000-member Criminal Bar Association since May and served on the Royal Commission on Criminal […]

Mears defeated over Lowe's pay-off

MARTIN Mears’ bid to veto Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe’s pay-off has been blocked by the Law Society Council in the first major defeat of his presidency. There was speculation that John Hayes might resign if Mears’ resolution to “examine” the pay-off of around £80,000 agreed by the secretary general had been passed. Mears […]

Europe set for liability ruling

EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful. The details emerged at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week. Member states vary in their approach to […]

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