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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.


Immigration – Employment & Business Practice

Laura Devine’s new book, Immigration Employment & Business Practice, is handsomely published with a clear, if not innovative, layout. This slim work could function as an aide-memoire to assist when that unexpected telephone call comes. But other comparable texts are of a manageable size and offer more. For example, the JCWI Handbook covers the EU […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 12/12/95

Compulsory acquisition of land by authority R v Northumbrian Water, ex parte Able UK (1995). QBD (Carnwath J) 1/12/95. Summary: Water company held entitled to withdraw its notice to treat notwithstanding having taken possession of the land which it sought to acquire. Position concerning the advance payment made to the landowner. In 1991 the respondent […]

Circuit judge defends his honour after fraud arrest

CIRCUIT judge Richard Gee has released a press statement saying that he is confident he will emerge from mortgage fraud inquiries with his reputation “intact”. Gee, who was arrested last week and questioned at Belgravia police station, is alleged to have been involved in fraud occurring between 1980 and 1989. His arrest was confirmed in […]

In brief: Touche Ross takes on barrister

Chartered accountant Touche Ross has signed barrister Andrew Young as a member of its VAT team. Young, who has represented the Commissioners of Customs and Excise in more than 200 VAT and Duties Tribunal hearings, will represent clients appealing against indirect tax assessments and interest penalties.

Firm plays its cards right with credit deal

Clifford Chance broke new legal ground when it advised on the UK’s first-ever credit card-backed securitisation. A team headed by finance partner Chris Field acted for MBNA International Bank, the second-biggest credit card issue in the US, in a £207.5 million securitisation of credit card cash flow (receivables). “It was a highly challenging transaction in […]

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