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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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Breaking down the barriers

The harmonisation of insolvency laws across Europe remains uncertain, write Howard Morris and Katharine Theobald. Howard Morris is a partner and Katharine Theobald a solicitor at Denton Hall. The idea of a European Convention on Insolvency Proceedings to harmonise substantive insolvency laws across Europe was first explored in 1960. On 23 November 1995, the convention […]

Tuckers to bill state for 'thinking time'

A London criminal law firm is to lodge an appeal with the Supreme Court Taxing Office taxing master claiming legal aid money for “thinking time”. If the claim – brought by criminal law firm Tuckers – is successful, lawyers will be able to charge the public purse for time spent thinking about cases in the […]

Human rights on trial

Chris Fogarty and Richard Tyler look at the case of a British lawyer who is locked up in Portugal and another who is acting as a United Nations observer in Sierra Leone Months locked in an overcrowded Portuguese prison cell have allowed Professor David Lowry plenty of time to reflect on the bitter irony of […]

Nominal £5 award against firm goes up to £125,000

A nominal High Court damages award of £5 against City law firm Macfarlanes has been increased by the Appeal Court to £125,000. The award to Titanic Investments stemmed from a claim over advice given by Macfarlane in respect of a £12m deal involving land at Waltham Chase, Twyford, near Winchester. Land owners Alan Godsal and […]

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