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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.


Mears not impressed by reform plan

A RESOLUTION committing the Law Society to a closely timetabled reform programme has been described as “innocuous” by the president. The motion calling for recognition of the need for reform and a “timetabled programme to produce proposals” was approved unanimously by the Law Society council at its meeting on Thursday. A second resolution to establish […]

Mutiny over bar reforms

THE BAR Council faces rebellion against the proposed reform of its complaints system because of fears that barristers will be exposed to a welter of unreasonable compensation claims from dissatisfied clients. Ronald Thwaites QC, criminal silk and head of chambers at 10 King’s Bench Walk, is mounting a challenge to the council by calling for […]

Libel/Food Contamination. True extent of the damage

The case of Walker Wingsail Systems, where a jury awarded £1.485 million libel damages against the editor and publishers of Yachting World in 1994, has now been settled prior to the appeal. Rather surprisingly, the defendants publicised the settlement figure under which they pay £760,000 in damages, costs and interest to the plaintiffs. As their […]

Wragges picks upWycombe contract

Cyril Dixon SHROPSHIRE has app-ointed a new county solicitor to replace Eversheds recruit Stephen Matthew. David Brierley is promoted to the county council’s top legal job following a three-year spell as deputy county secretary. Brierley’s chief role will be to handle his division’s bid for contracts under competitive tendering. He has been with Shropshire for […]


Linda Tsang reports Dundas & Wilson, leading legal practice in Scotland, has chosen Netware 4.1 as the base for its IT infrastructure. Part of a major IT investment to provide the business with a scalable information systems platform, Netware 4.1 will provide centrally managed business services to 300 employees at Dundas offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow […]

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