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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.


In brief: Wilde Sapte finance partner to join LeBoeuf

Wilde Sapte finance partner Bob Dibble is understood to be joining the London office of LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. It is believed he was earlier talking to White & Case. LeBoeufs has also hired Cameron McKenna’s head of tax Anthony Concanon, who retired from Camerons at 55 and, at his request, will be “of […]

Ferry insurance qualification

The rights of insurers to side-step claims tot-alling US$1.8m, in respect of operational damage after a main bearing failed on a car ferry, will be scrutinised in the High Court. In a case which will centre on the definition of an “accident” under marine insurance policy terms, the Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance Co […]

Fair comment

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4395, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square Your light-hearted article in Tulkinghorn (The Lawyer, 16 June 1998) “Light father/ light son” was, underneath the irresistible tease, also light on factual accuracy. Serle Court Chambers has prided itself for years on its […]

Handle with care: court cameras

While many see US court coverage as reason enough to ban cameras in court, Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam says the opposite is true. Arun Daniel-Selvaratnam is a non-practicing barrister. Louise Woodward has returned to our national lexicon with the Supreme Court of Massachusetts upholding the decision of Judge Hiller B Zoebel. We all have an opinion as […]

In brief: Three judges chosen to head circuits

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, has appointed Mr Justice Moses to be presiding judge of the South Eastern Circuit, Mr Justice Astill as presiding judge of the Midland and Oxford Circuit and Mr Justice Bennett as presiding judge of the North Eastern Circuit.

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