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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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LPO provider Exigent’s acquisition of mLegal this week gave me the chance to speak to CEO David Holme. It’s fair to say he had some seriously pithy comments to make about law firm process and re-engineering. Simply put, there isn’t any. Holme describes his company’s deal as “the next step to aligning the delivery of […]

Chambers UK ranks Ogier as top-tier firm in Guernsey and Jersey

Ogier has been promoted to a top-tier firm in Guernsey and continues to hold top slots in Jersey in the Chambers UK 2014 rankings. Ogier in Guernsey has seen its corporate and finance practice (including investment funds) promoted to Tier 1 and Ogier in Jersey remains a Tier 1 firm in corporate and finance and offshore trusts and […]

Companies Act — changes to the reporting regime

The Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013, which came into effect on 1 October 2013, change the current narrative reporting framework under the Companies Act 2006. Under the new framework, companies will prepare a ‘strategic report’, which will be a separate part of the annual report and not simply a section […]

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