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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.

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Case of the week

The European Court of Human Rights unanimously ruled that the Ministry of Defence’s ban on homosexuals in the armed forces is unlawful. George Robertson, the defence secretary, says the ban will not be lifted immediately but about 60 cases currently being investigated will be put on hold.

Rival KLegal raids firm securing three senior lawyers

KLegal, the legal arm of Big Five accountants KPMG, has raided bitter rival Arnheim Tite & Lewis for three senior lawyers and is threatening to poach more at partner level from City firms. The defectors are banking lawyer Michael Dickie, employment specialist Colina Gathercole and IT lawyer Anthony Lee. They join KLegal as directors, the […]

Would you employ the bar?

Perhaps more than in any other area of law, employment barristers have to prove their worth. Solicitors are happy to take on tribunal advocacy themselves, and so can choose whether or not to involve counsel in a case. The readiness to instruct barristers varies considerably from firm to firm. Many City lawyers say they find […]

Who will gain from whistle-blowing?

Martin Chitty, head of employment, Wragge & Co Christopher Osman, head of employment, Clifford Chance William Dawson, managing partner, Simmons & Simmons Employment lawyers are gearing up for the results of a high-profile case which will put new whistle-blowing legislation to the test. Grey Communications Group’s former chief financial officer Roy Wilson is bringing a […]

Litigation Writs 4/10/99

Secondhand car dealer Mario Falbo of Sherborne, Dorset, is suing East Somerset NHS Trust for damages after a life-threatening heart attack which he blames on the trust’s alleged negligence. He claims he suffered a heart attack after being treated with medication instead of bypass surgery. Now Falbo, 44, says he cannot work, finds his walking […]

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