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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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Directors' pay

Manches & Co has advised three top directors on their termination packages from Forte in the wake of the company’s recent acquisition by Granada. Manches was involved in the negotiation of termination packages for Keith Hamill, finance director, David Stevens, company secretary and director of legal services, and Richard Power, director of public affairs.

In brief: Dibbs unveils new local government unit

Dibb Lupton Broomhead has set up a new local government unit under the leadership of commercial group partner Tony Randle. The unit already advises local authority clients including Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and West Sussex county councils, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and the London Borough of Croydon. It has launched a regular newsletter called Futures […]

City firm calls for openness on fees

CITY firm Davies Arnold Cooper has criticised what it calls the Law Society’s approach of emphasising what is good for lawyers instead of concentrating on what clients want. In a speech called ‘Legal fees – getting more for your money’ last week, senior partner David McIntosh launched the firm’s latest cost control protocol. The protocol […]

Publicity head for chambers

GEORGE Carmen QC’s New Court Chambers has appointed Louise Seaton (pictured right) to handle its marketing. Seaton is the first marketing appointment at the chambers and will promote individual barristers as well as the set as a whole. The former Butterworths product marketing manager has been put in charge of advertising and the distribution of […]

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