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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.


Global plans for legal web site

Elizabeth Davidson reports AN ambitious plan to create a web site which will signpost every piece of legal information ever put on the Internet worldwide, has been hatched in Manchester. Business Legal Support, which provides training for lawyers and designs web sites, launched its World of Law site at the end of June. It aims […]

Flood of cases for review commission

The newly launched Criminal Cases Review Commission had received 53 applications to review suspected miscarriages of justice, days before it officially opened last week. The commission, a non-departmental body established to investigate suspected miscarriages of criminal justice, already has to review 180 cases which have transferred from the Home Office. A spokesman for the commission […]

Survival of the fittest

Agencies have to adapt to succeed in a competitive market, says Fred Mason. Fred Mason co-ordinates the agency department of Charles Russell, Cheltenham. The improvement in the economy is good news for the legal profession as a whole, but it has cast a shadow over agency work. Before the economic upturn, agency practitioners enjoyed a […]

Garretts lures Dutch lawyer

Garretts has recruited another lawyer to its Leeds office. Dutch-born Robin Koolhoven leaves recently merged Addleshaw Booth & Co to strengthen the litigation team in Leeds. Koolhoven plans to take full advantage of his Dutch links by developing a cross-border enforcement service for UK companies with Dutch interests and vice versa.

LeBoeufs' global market presence attracts Goddards' corporate and securities partner

Theodore Goddard corporate and securities law partner Charles Ashton has moved to the London office of the US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Ashton, who had been working at Theodore Goddard for 11 years, is one of the latest of a string of UK lawyers to be headhunted by US practices in London. LeBouefs […]

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