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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.


The clients' commentary

A forthcoming book reveals that despite generally positive feedback from consumers about employment law practitioners, many City and national firms have left clients with a feeling of dissatisfaction. Mark Brandon reports A number of stark lessons for employment practices came out of the client research undertaken for the Insider’s Guide to Legal Services: Employment, not […]


As in many other disciplines, employment law assistants are divided quite evenly along gender lines, but the sector has more than its fair share of female partners – probably more than any other part of the law. Indeed, the heads of four top London practices are women. Some women lawyers admit that their prominence comes […]

It's been a good week for…..

Convicted drink drivers, who may now be able to challenge their convictions following the discovery that one of the breath test machines used by the police may be inaccurate. The Intoximeter EC/IR, which is used by eight police forces in the UK and all forces in Scotland, gives higher readings than other models, and accounts […]

There's more to law than web success

Stuart Clark believes that UK practitioners should be keeping an eye on Australia’s CFA experience. In the past two weeks you could have been forgiven for thinking that the legal world is starting to become a fully fledged business. The news that Gareth Quarry, chief executive of QD, has made £31.8m by reversing his business […]

Arnold & Porter boosts IT team with niche firm

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter is bulking up its Los Angeles-based intellectual property and technology practice by adding another team of lawyers. At the beginning of this month the firm gained 12 lawyers when it acquired niche law firm Blanc Williams Johnston & Kronstadt (The Lawyer, 3 July). It is now taking on another […]

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