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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.


Challenge to tree preservation

The owner of Bicknor Wood, which covers 8.5 acres near Maidstone, is challenging a High Court decision upholding revocation of consent to fell trees, which had been made the subject of an earlier tree preservation order. The consent was revoked on the basis that because of the felling that had already taken place, the area […]

Flying a new flag

In the last 12 months, Hong Kong has been absorbed into China, the stock market has slumped and the region has slipped into recession. Linda Tsang analyses how the legal market is coping. Linda Tsang is a freelance journalist. With Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index crashing to half its value one year after the handover, […]

Year 2000: further info

You report on the new City Disputes Panel for “year 2000” issues (The Lawyer, 31 March) the day after the computer dating Year 2000 issue arguably reached its greatest public prominence yet with Tony Blair’s speech on the issue. The hardest issue in practice for client users of IT has been the inability to extract […]

Red card for Halliwell Landau soccer trip

MANCHESTER firm Halliwell Landau was forced to call off a corporate hospitality trip to Friday’s crunch England/Colombia World Cup game, after chartering a plane for what is believed to be £5000. Corporate partner Clive Garston had invited 18 Manchester businessmen to the game. The agency through which it booked tickets – Great Portland Entertainment – […]

BBC apologises for "Rough Hustice" slur

Shaun Pye reports Leading criminal silk Jeremy Roberts QC has accepted a public apology from the BBC for “unjustified slurs” that he had threatened opposing counsel in order to stifle criticism of his former head of chambers. The apology was made in the High Court last week by the BBC’s counsel Caroline Addy. The BBC […]

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