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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.


Survey reveals associate fee-padding

Padding of hours is rife among Australian associates of firms advising insurance companies and local government, according to a new survey

A striking difference

Trade unions are back with full force. Paul White reports on how new legislation is playing a part in the revival, giving the working bodies more power and responsibility The number of days lost through industrial action is rising rapidly. Last year, up to November, a total of 1.3 million days were lost. This represents […]

Takeover Panel appoints director general

The Takeover Panel has appointed Richard Murley, a managing director of Goldman Sachs, as its new director general. Murley will be seconded to the panel from 14 April for two years.

Legal Widow

Subjudice recently won through to the finals of a kids’ short story writing competition: the judges were moved by the harrowing story of how her father put her mother’s entire jewellery collection in the food mixer during a bitter marital row over who had the car keys last They particularly liked the way the diamonds […]

Jnr counsel role getting the elbow

Senior counsel are increasingly doing work usually done by junior barristers, raising concerns among judges and chambers for the future of the lower end of the profession` The comments, fielded at a forum of litigators and barristers organised by SJ Berwin, included claims that City solicitors are more likely to use silks and senior-juniors during […]

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