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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.

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Focus on management issues

The Lawyer has organised three evening seminars on the management and marketing of chambers. The sessions at the Inner Temple are designed to help chambers improve both their management structures and profitability. They follow up issues raised in a seminar held by The Lawyer in June, which was chaired by Bar Council chair David Penry-Davey […]

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THE CHERISHED chambers tradition of posting boards displaying the names of their tenants outside their doors has ceased to be official Bar Council policy. The Bar Council voted through a resolution to drop the requirement that chambers must display the characteristic boards at its meeting last month. The move, passed with little controversy, has been […]

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Two separate initiatives encouraging law firms to implement “green” housekeeping policies kick off this month. The launch by the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) of a new campaign to make lawyers more environmentally friendly coincides with the staging of a gala fundraising green dinner for leading members of the legal community. ELF has been awarded £12,600 […]

Legal Resource Group ponders over Brussels

A question mark hangs over the future of the Brussels office of the Legal Resources Group following the merger of Alsop Wilkinson with Dibb Lupton Broomhead. Despite the merger, Alsops has asked to remain a member of the LRG, a group of five regional law firms that pool training, a legal research database and share […]

Merged South West practices hunt for eight extra lawyers

Southampton-based firm Woodford & Ackroyd and a larger firm, Trethowans of Salisbury, officially merged today (1 October), to create Trethowan Woodford. The merged firm has immediately announced plans to recruit eight more lawyers and will rank among the top 15 firms in the South West. The appointments will take the practice up to a total […]

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