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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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– The Mirror headline over a less than flattering profile of legal publisher and barrister Michael Chambers. The paper said he was unable to comment as he was “sipping champagne” to toast the new Chambers Legal Directory.

Property owner sues Harrods

Harrods is being sued for damages caused by one of its drivers who is alleged to have crashed into a property in Cornwall in October 1996. The company is being taken to the High Court by Deborah Hughes of Wadebridge in Cornwall. She is being represented by Bond Pearce’s Plymouth office.

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In brief: Environment Agency appoints regional head

The Environment Agency has appointed its own in-house lawyer, Steven Zdolyny (pictured right), to the new position of regional solicitor for the north west region. Zdolyny will lead a team of nine lawyers advising all the agency’s departments in the region.

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