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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.


Silks not like consultants

In the Lawyer, 7 April, Nigel Pascoe QC is quoted as commenting that the appointment to silk is equivalent to the appointment of a doctor as a hospital consultant. This is far from the case. All hospital medical posts below the rank of consultant are training posts and work under the direct supervision of a […]

When words mean everything

Are basic human rights being compromised for want of a qualified court interpreter? Graham Cross believes they are. Graham Cross is chairman of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. There is increasing concern about the quality of interpreting provided in this country for foreigners involved in legal or social procedures. Should we be worried? If […]

The Lawyer awards

The Lawyer/HIFAL Awards is entering its fourth year. Now recognised as the premier award ceremony for the legal marketplace, it recognises excellence across the entire profession. This year, the calibre of entries is higher than ever and it is rewarding to see that so many people are putting so much effort in to taking part. […]

Dentons wins dockers case

A TEAM from Denton Hall has won an important victory for 1,400 striking Australian dockers, after securing the lifting of a High Court injunction banning the creation of an international campaign against their employers. Earlier this month, Mr Justice Thomas lifted an ex parte injunction banning the London-based International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) from mounting […]

Social security tribunals to keep lawyers on panel

A YEAR-long campaign by the Legal Action Group (LAG) and the Law Society to fight the Government’s proposals to cut legal representation from social security tribunals panels ended in victory last week after a government concession in the House of Lords. Together, the LAG and the Law Society spearheaded the campaign against proposals contained in […]

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