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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’.

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Sympathy rather than punishment

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Watford partner set to become Lord Mayor

Richard Nichols, senior partner at six-partner high street practice Sedgwick Kelly in Watford, has been elected the Lord Mayor of London. His election by the members of the City’s livery companies was unopposed. He will serve a year in office, from his inauguration on 8 November. Lord Mayors must have been previously elected both an […]

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I read the article regarding the difficulties UK-qualified lawyers had qualifying in New York state when they did not have a law degree (The Lawyer, 16 September). I would like to draw your attention to a similar problem I have encountered with the Law Society here. I have dual French and English nationality, but went […]

Diana's legacy entrusted to safe pair of hands

It may have made top City firms green with envy, but Mishcons was the natural choice to handle Diana’s probate, reports Robert Lindsay. A certain amount of envy was apparent among the City’s top-notch trust and estate lawyers when it became clear that Mishcon de Reya had been instructed on the probate for Princess Diana’s […]

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