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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.


Lord Chancellor slams legal aid lawyers

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs select committee, Lord Irvine said that lawyers ” cannot go on living their lives being paid by the hour on a taxi meter”. He said it is “pretty outrageous” that criminal legal aid cases swallowed up 46 per cent of the legal aid budget and sent an ominous […]

Carlton Fields first Florida firm to open in Silicon Valley

US firm Carlton Fields is the first Florida-based law firm to open an office in Silicon Valley. The office, which opened at the beginning of November in San JosÈ, will provide a range of legal services, focussing on intellectual property (IP), corporate finance, securities, litigation, licensing, internet privacy matters, tax and employment law. The move […]

One King’s Bench

One King’s Bench Walk (Anthony Hacking QC) has taken on six new tenants: Sara Staite from 2 Harcourt Buildings (Roger Henderson QC); Neil Mercer from Mitre Court Chambers; Janet Waddicor from One Crown Office Row (Robert Seabrook QC); and Charles Howard QC from the now defunct New Court Chambers. Stephen Wildblood QC of Albion Chambers […]


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