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 »
In these difficult times for the legal profession, it's all about carving out a niche...
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 »
Take a school uniform-clad Hollywood star, superimpose over her the logo of your law students' association, add in some text encouraging female law students to "network" their way to the top rather than follow traditional pathways, and you have a recipe for trouble. Especially when you factor in the power of social media to make... Read more »
Earlier in the day we posted a note on our Facebook page about the pseudo-legal message that has been doing the rounds on said medium. Magic spell-like, the message claims to preserve users’ copyright over their postings. The message in full is below...
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"...
As he outlined in his blog post yesterday, College of Law GDL student Simeon Klein (pictured below, right) is ready to take a risk and be creative in his bid to get a foot on the legal ladder. But #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast hosts Kevin Poulter (pictured left) and Alex Aldridge aren't so sure about Klein's idea... Read more »
College of Law GDL student Simeon Klein is tempted to take a risk and be creative in his bid to steal a march on the training contract competition. A two-minute trawl through law student forums like thestudentroom.co.uk yields ample horror stories of hopefuls applying to 60+ firms to no avail. In such a competitive market,... Read more »
Amid the mutual back-slapping at Saturday's 27th annual Bar conference, there was gossip, intrigue and subversive humour – much of which was relayed to the world via Twitter by the hordes of smartphone-bearing attendees...
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 »
Yesterday’s debate on free speech vs regulation of social media – held at London's Free Word Centre by the Human Rights Lawyers Association – was remarkable for how little consensus there was among the panel of eminent lawyers who gathered to discuss the subject. Bindmans media law head Tamsin Allen, who’s not a prolific tweeter... Read more »
A legal PR has revealed that solicitors at his law firm are demanding a weekly meeting to pre-plan the tweets sent from the firm Twitter account – with tweets to be composed up to a week in advance.
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 »
A Twitter legal advice experiment taking place today could prove a turning point for the way legal services are delivered, forecasts Legal Cheek's tech correspondent i@n davison Ten years ago, the internet suddenly made music free, shredding the business model of the music industry. A similar thing happened to journalism soon after, as newspapers –... Read more »
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 »
Earlier this year I got a training contract at a small, reputable firm in Buckinghamshire after meeting the person responsible for recruiting me on Twitter, writes The Training Contract Hawk. The firm, like many others, is looking to expand and give substance to its online profile. And that’s why my experience as a blogger became... Read more »
On Wednesday morning, the Twitter account of London criminal set 4 Breams Buildings boasted almost 15,000 followers – far more than any other barristers' chambers. By the end of the day, after Legal Cheek had contacted 4 Breams with a request for comment on evidence that most of its Twitter followers were fake, the account... Read more »
The brave new world of social media isn't working out so well for judges. As if all this troublesome business of tweeters ignoring their once sacred injunctions wasn't bad enough, they now they find themselves on the receiving end of Twitter death threats – which they can't even face down with threats of their own thanks... Read more »
Imagine a world where everything you say and write is stored indefinitely and attributable to you. No escape from youthful indiscretion, no respite from the past. Every tweet, every blog, every angry comment at the bottom of a Daily Mail article. Traceable back to you, writes anonymous barrister TheLawHorse. This is the world in which... Read more »
Last week, The Lawyer reported that CMS Cameron McKenna is dropping the 'CMS' tag and overhauling its branding. Soon after, this appeared on Facebook...
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 »
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 »
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 »
Mervyn Barrett OBE, who is running to be police and crime commissioner in Lincolnshire, has a lot of Twitter followers: 17,046, to be precise. Often, by Barrett’s own admission, it can be "hard to keep track" of all those social media devotees. But it turns out that such problems are rather new for Barrett, who... Read more »
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 »