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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.

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New Zealand laws

* New Zealand has liberalised its laws to make it easier for Australian lawyers to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand government recently announced that Australian legal qualifications will be recognised provided that Australian lawyers have five years’ work experience in Australia following admission as legal practitioners.

In brief: Hogg to speak at Middle East dinner

Foreign Office Minister Douglas Hogg MP QC is the guest speaker at the British Middle East Law Council’s first annual dinner this week. The event, on Tuesday evening at London’s Gloucester Hotel, is open to firms and individuals interested in the Middle East. During the year the council has sponsored a conference in Beirut on […]

In brief: Shoosmiths builds new office block

Work has begun on Shoosmiths & Harrison’s new offices at the Lakes Office Park on the outskirts of Northampton. The £7 million development will take 12 months to complete. Local managing partner Michael Orton-Jones says: “By the summer of 1996 we will have all our commercial departments under one roof which will be a major […]

Forsytes sets up satellite base in Lloyd's building

A NEWLY merged firm has opened a satellite office in the Lloyd’s building for its insurance team which was hampered by having to work from the West End. Forsyte Saunders Kerman has acted quickly to set up an office in Lloyd’s for its expanding insurance litigation group headed by Michael Robin. When commercial firms Forsyte […]

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