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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.


Legal aid

From being on the front line to planning long-term strategies, Oxfam’s in-house lawyer Joss Saunders is one man who knows how to make a difference. Emma Vere-Jones reports Four young children huddle round a computer screen, engrossed in pictures of flies on food. Their ‘classroom’, where the current lesson concerns hygiene, is in the Katha […]

Dechert gears up for European assault with German launch

Dechert is following in the footsteps of Simmons & Simmons as it recruits sole practitioner Gerhard Kaiser to set up an office in Frankfurt This is the firm’s first foray into Germany, where Kaiser will be charged with building a practice expected to be 12-strong by the end of the year.Kaiser is well known in […]


Blaser Mills has acted on advice to restructure – and so far, so good

Thompsons nets £25.5m from miners' claims

The Government has paid £118m in the last four and a half years to law firms handling compensation claims for miners with respiratory disease and vibration white finger London firm Thompsons has benefited the most from this payout, netting a cool £25.5m since January 1998. The total amount of £118m was revealed in the Commons […]

The happy day

Flacker Shipping Limited v Glencore Grain Limited (sub nom ‘The Happy Day’) (CA, 2002) raised a question which Lord Justice Mustill, in The Mexico I [1990], left open for “detailed exploration” should it arise in the future This question was: what are the rights of owners to demurrage and charterers to despatch when, under a […]

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