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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.



A ruling in favour of the Transport and General Workers’ Union has opened up UK government departments to legal action within Gibraltar. Conn MacEvilly reports

Dutch spilts caused by Continental Shift

Crisis meetings, office closures, partner walkouts: it doesn’t sound much like the Netherlands. But UK legal culture is infectious. De Brauw and Nauta Dutilh are finally starting to grapple with the strange concept of profitability. Until now the Dutch have had enough muscle to resist total invasion by the Brits, despite incursions by the magic […]

Judge surprised by collapse of BCCI trial

It has emerged that neither Mr Justice Tomlinson nor the Bank of England were aware that the liquidators of the Bank of Credit & Commerce International (BCCI) were planning to discontinue their 12-year claim until it was revealed in Court this morning. The news that the case had collapsed prompted the Bank of England’s lead […]

Cayman islands

The role of the Cayman special purpose company is under scrutiny. Owen Jones reports

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