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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’.


Geoffrey Fieger

He’s loud, he’s offensive, and he wins in court. Morag Preston meets courtroom dramatist Geoffrey Fieger.

The changing face of personal injury work

For many firms, general liability is not a comfortable field in which to practise. With major composites such as CGU, RSA, Iron Trades and Axa sharply reducing their panels, insurers are making higher and higher demands on fewer and fewer law firms. It is a sensitive issue for both law firm and client; no claims […]

Brand offensive

As more firms merge throughout Europe Fenella Quinn reports on marketing strategies for firms hoping to create an instantly recognisable brand in new jurisdictions. In the era of the European superfirm, it is not only getting business that is preoccupying partners, but also image. But when working and competing across different cultures, traditions and political […]

Ward Hadaway enters merger talks with rival North East firm

Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton, two Newcastle firms, are in merger talks, The Lawyer can reveal. Should the merger go ahead, the newly-created firm, with 47 partners, would rival the North East’s current largest practice, Dickinson Dees, which has 48 partners and a total staff of more than 340. However, sources in Newcastle doubt whether […]

Legal Widow

The Lawyer has decided he’ll never become a millionaire by waiting for the goddess Equity to bless him with another 3000 chargeable hours and an assistant capable of working the photocopier, and so has started writing his novel. Every lawyer, of course, believes he has a novel in him, along with a terrific article for […]

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