Social Media

DPP Slams Twitter Joke Trial QC For Making ‘Cheap Points’ And Failing To Grasp ‘Sophistication’ Of Social Media Issues

Having narrowly beaten Kirsty Brimelow in the last battle of the top QCs, Twitter Joke Trial barrister John Cooper QC today found himself up against none other than Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keir Starmer QC. Cooper got things underway by ridiculing the DPP's new social media prosecution guidelines, which he described as "the longest... Read more »

Will The ‘New Twitter’ Take Off Among Lawyers?

Back in 2008-09, the legal tweeting community was widely looked down upon, its members derided as narcissistic nerds. The tables have long since turned, of course. But after a period basking in the glory of their foresight, the legal Twitter elders seem to be growing restless. Statements like "Twitter isn’t what it used to be"... Read more »

Barrister Who Accused Lord McAlpine Of Being a Paedophile Issues Grovelling Apology – As Peer’s Legal Team Confirms It’s Investigating Him

Earlier this month we revealed that one of the bloggers who wrongly named Lord McAlpine in connection with allegations of paedophilia is Brighton-based barrister Duncan Roy. Now it has been confirmed that McAlpine’s legal team is investigating Roy’s blog post – which not only named the Tory peer, but branded him "evil"...

Junior Barrister Follows In Obama’s Footsteps By Becoming Top Ranked Post In Reddit’s ‘IAmA’ Section – But Who Is He?

Yesterday, an anonymous junior barrister (whose ID card is pictured below) found himself the talk of the internet, after a seemingly unremarkable post inviting questions about his job as a "wig-wearing court advocate" became the top ranked post in social network Reddit's 'IamA' section. 'IAmA' ('I am a') is an online Q&A session, where users... Read more »

Law Firm Exclaims ‘Delight’ At Having 43,000 Twitter Followers; Fails To Mention They’re Almost All Fake

In its September newsletter, Blavo & Co Solicitors professes itself "excited and delighted by our 43,000+ Twitter followers who continue to enhance the way we communicate and exchanged ideas through social media." That makes Blavo & Co, a firm with seven offices across London, Hertfordshire and Surrey, Britain's most popular law firm on Twitter, by... Read more »

Blogger: ‘At #WSSocialMedia & Law Event. Panel Includes Lawyer Who Threatened To Jail Me For Reporting The Truth’

Legal Cheek roving reporter Cat Pond reviews yesterday's Weber Shandwick 'Social Media & the Law' event, where Twitter Joke Trial silk John Cooper QC and several other high-profile guests spent an interesting morning Armed with cups of coffee, the assembled attendees at yesterday’s 'Social media and the Law' breakfast seminar took their seats. The panelists... Read more »

A G&T With @LegalTrainee Founder Izzy Abidi

Earlier this week I caught up with Eversheds trainee Izzy Abidi – the brains behind award-winning junior lawyer Twitter sensation @LegalTrainee – in Shoreditch’s Commercial Tavern. Acting as a kind of virtual shepherd, @LegalTrainee guides individual Eversheds trainees as they roam through the social media pastures, keeping them loosely in unison, making sure nobody does... Read more »

‘Does Grindr Count As An Extra-Curricular Activity?’

The other day, desperate for something memorable to put in the gaping 'outside interests' section of his training contract application form, law student @MoykeG tweeted: "Does Grindr count as an extra-curricular activity?" With the TC application deadline upon us today, Auntie Em (aka Emily Jupp) advises: Dear Moyke, I have asked some friends about this... Read more »

Huge Follower Count Of Celebrity Solicitor Dean Dunham Plummets As Fear Spreads About Being Outed for Buying Twitter Disciples

The other week we reported the spectacular – and rather unnatural – growth in the Twitter follower count of police commissioner candidate Mervyn Barrett OBE. Perhaps self-styled "celebrity lawyer" Dean Dunham (pictured), purveyor of legal advice in The Sun, read our article. Because since then Dunham’s enormous Twitter follower account – which once stood at well... Read more »

Which Legal Tweeters Have Bought Their Twitter Followers?

Until I read recently that 92% of US politician Newt Gingrich’s Twitter followers had been purchased, I didn’t realise there was a trade in such things. But a quick Google search reveals that buying tweeps is easy to do – and the prices are falling, with one site offering 1,000 followers for just £8 (and... Read more »