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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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K&L Gates has posted increases in both revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2010 financial year. The firm’s total revenue grew 2 per cent from $1.034bn in 2009 to $1.055bn. Average PEP was up 8 per cent from $ 861,000 to $930,000. K&L Gates chairman Peter Kalis said the increase in […]

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4 Pump Court silk quits bar for partnership at Australia’s Clayton Utz

Insurance and re-insurance silk John Rowland QC, who practises at 4 Pump Court, is to leave the English bar to join Australian firm Clayton Utz. Rowland, who has worked for the last 30 years at 4 Pump Court, will join the Australian firm as a partner. Rowland has been regularly instructed by Clayton Utz over […]

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Sumption QC wins Supreme Court ruling for Harrow Council

The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Harrow London Borough Council (LBC) and ruled that it is entitled to run its own insurance mutual without first putting the contract out to tender. The ruling, given by Supreme Court Justice Lord Hope, who presided over a panel of five, gives another win to Brick Court’s […]

Revenue and PEP up at Reed Smith

Reed Smith has posted a slight rise in both total revenue and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2010 financial year. Total revenue was up 2 per cent from $940m to $958m while PEP rose 5 per cent from $1m to $1.05m. The latter figure is a record for Reed Smith. Greg Jordan, […]

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