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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.


EC ruling may redefine staff transfer

A QUESTION referred to the European Court of Justice by a Belgian tribunal could give employers some influence in deciding which members of staff transfer automatically under the Acquired Rights Directive. Barnett Alexander Chart employment solicitor Ruth Harvey says the terms of the the ARD could be radically redefined if the ECJ favours employers in […]

Taylor Joynson Garrett hires Middle East expert

UK COMMERCIAL firm Taylor Joynson Garrett has appointed Middle East specialist Sabah Mahmoud as a consultant. Prior to his appointment Mahmoud, an executive committee member of the British Middle East Law Council, was working from an office based at Nabarro Nathanson. His association with the firm continues in Dubai, where he operates an office in […]

Solicitors' duty of care

Judgment is pending in a House of Lords appeal of considerable significance to the legal profession. The case of White and another and Jones and others centres on the duty of care owed by solicitors instructed to draw up wills and questions whether a solicitor, who failed before the death of a testator to carry […]

Kent lawyers fight court closures

LAWYERS in Kent have joined forces with trades unions in protest over plans to close up to four county courts in their area. The closures are the latest in a series occurring since last summer and are seen by court staff, users, and lawyers as a further attack on access to justice at a community […]

In-house IT lawyer adds value at Fladgates

IN-HOUSE computer law specialist Ian Dickson has been recruited to join the Basingstoke office of West End firm Fladgate Fielder. The move gives the firm the benefits of a qualified barrister, Dickson’s expertise in computer and technology transactions, and his former employer Cimage International as a client. Cimage, a US computer company specialising in document […]

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