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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.


In brief: LAB U-turn on duty solicitor dismissal

The Legal Aid Board has reinstated solicitor Hilda Amoo Gottfried to the south London duty solicitor scheme shortly after she won leave for judicial review of the LAB London area committee’s decision to deselect her. The LAB area and regional committees were overruled months ago by the LAB national committee which ordered her reinstatement and […]

Councils get tough on school fraud

Cyril Dixon PARENTS who fraudulently obtain school places for their children could be prosecuted for perjury, a council’s lawyers have been told. Their children could also be expelled, according to counsel guidance given to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Barking’s lawyers sought advice from barrister Nigel Giffin on how to deal with parents […]

English law schools skimp on ethics training, says academic

THE BAR, Law Society and law teachers are falling down on ethical training, claims a legal academic. And he says the English bodies are putting out misleading information on the extent to which the subject is taught. Delivering a paper to last week’s International Bar Association conference, the University of Warwick’s Roger Burridge said English […]

In brief: Trainees' book eases jump to practice

Two trainee solicitors have written a book to bridge the gap between academic legal study and the practice of law. Gerald Montagu, of Macfarlanes, and Mark Weston, of Allen & Overy, pooled their skills to write The Legal Practice Companion after completing the Legal Practice Course and then moving into private practice. Former Law Society […]

Isma signs Perfect deal for on-line prospectuses

Linda Tsang reports On-line information provider Perfect Information has signed an exclusive agreement with the International Securities Market Association (Isma) to provide its users with access to over 11,000 prospectuses for international securities. Perfect users will be able to access any document, which will be displayed as an image on a PC screen. The facilities […]

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