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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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Employment Matters — February 2014: zero-hours contracts

Zero-hours contracts have been the subject of considerable political and social debate in recent times. Although not legally defined, they are widely recognised as contracts under which a worker has no set minimum hours and is paid only in relation to the hours worked. Businesses are not obliged to offer any work to zero-hours workers […]

Harrison, PPI and unfair relationship revisited

The Court of Appeal has revisited the issue of unfair relationship in payment protection insurance (PPI) claims where the payment of commission was not disclosed. The two conjoined appeals were Plevin v Paragon Personal Finance Ltd and Conlon v Black Horse Ltd. Conlon argued that her claim could be distinguished from Harrison as the court had accepted that […]

DLA Piper pulls out of Heenan Blaikie Canada deal

DLA Piper’s plans to enter the Canadian market have been put on hold after its talks with a group of lawyers from collapsed firm Heenan Blaikie collapsed yesterday. DLA Piper had been looking to hire up to 70 lawyers from Heenan Blaikie (7 February 2014) and make its first steps into the Canadian legal market, […]

Health and safety: FAQs

Shoosmiths partner and regulatory specialist Ron Reid recently took part in a health and safety legal update webinar. Here, he answers post-webinar questions received from more than 1,200 viewers. Are no-win, no-fee claims going to be impossible now that referral fees are banned? ‘No, they can still be undertaken. Whether or not anybody is going […]

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