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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.


Litigation Writs 03/10/95

Michael Parri-Hughes, former managing director of Cray Systems, of Frimley, Surrey, is being sued for damages for allegedly failing to use reasonable skill and care in his work. Cray’s writ claims damages for breach of his employment contract and damages for breach of trust and confidence during his time as managing director and head of […]

Whose decision is it anyway?

Roger Pearson finds a successful private prosecution of rape originally thwarted by the CPS WRITS The successful private prosecution brought by two Kent prostitutes against a man they accused of rape, indecent assault, false imprisonment and actual bodily harm has called into question the Crown Prosecution Service’s use of its discretion not to prosecute. The […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 03/10/95

IAN GORDON COCKBURN, 49, admitted 1969, practised as Cockburns, Brighton, struck off and ordered to pay £3,665 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised or held himself out as being entitled to practise without current practising certificate, failed to reconcile books of account, delivered accounts late, failed to keep accounts correctly, failed to pay client funds into […]

Hong Kong/Amnesty. Deafened by the sound of silence

Stephen Grosz is a partner at Bindman & Partners, which acted for Amnesty International “Listen. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of the hillsides and fields of Rwanda, where in their hundreds and thousands the dead lie silent.” This is a quote from the beginning of the advert which the British Section of Amnesty […]

Temple sets make plans for October wedding

TWO CHAMBERS in the Temple have merged after a mass of tenant defections from one of the sets. Raymond Walker QC’s set in 1 Harcourt Buildings will be joining Simon Buckhaven’s set in the same building from the beginning of October. The move follows the departure of 10 barristers from Walker’s chambers over the past […]

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