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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.


The Bahamas boasts banking bonanza

Nicholas Ashton explains how The Bahamas stays one step ahead of the offshore competition – keeping foreign laws out while attracting investors from other jurisdictions. Nicholas Ashton is tax partner at Edge & Ellison in Birmingham. This year The Bahamas celebrates its 25th year of self-government and independence from the British. After a decline of […]

In brief: Martin Bowley QC

Due to a typing error it was incorrectly stated in Martin Bowley QC’s column last week that a 1 per cent levy on the Bar’s gross fee income would provide an award of £12m for 750 pupils. The figure should have been £12,500 for each of the 750 pupils.

March of the MDPs raises spectre of regulatory nightmare

Robert Sayer says it is time for a single set of regulations to cover all suppliers of legal services, regardless of their professional backgrounds. A recurring theme at this year’s Solicitors’ Conference was the inevitability of Multi-Disciplinary Partnerships (MDPs). So let us assume that they do come into being. Client A goes to the Mega […]

Nolex provides a forum for IT innovation

Elizabeth Davidson reports from the Northern Legal Office Exhibition, where a host of IT suppliers showcased new wares. Software supplier Axxia Systems last week launched a web-based system which uses e-mail connections to give clients direct access to files kept on their case. The launch was one of many at the Lawyer-sponsored Northern Legal Office […]

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