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 »

Law Student Assoc Slammed For Using ‘Disrespectful’ Image To Plug Benefits Of Networking Via Its Facebook Page

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 »

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 »

Another Facebook ‘Reverse Auction’ For An LPC Place Ends Instantly – With Minimal Savings For Winning Bidder

The National College of Legal Training (NCLT)’s first Facebook ‘reverse auction’, which took place last month, lasted just seconds after a student snapped up the Legal Practice Course (LPC) place at the opening price of £7,200 – much to the disappointment of rival bidders, who had hoped to knock the price down further and net… Read more »

PODCAST: Becoming a Lawyer In The Eddie Stobart Chambers Era (And How Graduates Can Woo Law Firms With Their Social Media Prowess)

Following Thursday’s news that Eddie Stobart lorries is launching a barristers’ arm, law graduates Cathryn Kozlowski and Krish Nair (AKA The Training Contract Hawk) explain how they feel about entering a profession in flux where lawyers’ high status is no longer assured. The pair also recount the successes they have enjoyed since they entered the… Read more »

Lawyers’ Pinterest Boards: Top Five

Since I discovered the new social networking site Pinterest – which is best described as an online pinboard – I’ve watched curiously to see whether it would catch on with lawyers. Many have dipped in and made a few, often pretty bizarre, boards, then disappeared again. Take Travis Kovács’ Lawyers, Guns, and Money board (an extract… Read more »

Through Gritted Teeth: Aussie Lawyers Tell Of Delight At Firm’s ‘Merger’ With London Giant Ashurst In £1Million Ad Campaign

To promote its recent tie-up with Australian law firm Blake Dawson, City giant Ashurst has released a series of videos as part of a £970,000 advertising campaign – one of the most expensive law firm marketing pushes ever. In the videos Blake Dawson employees explain how delighted they are with the “perfect match” between Ashurst… Read more »

Are Top Legal Tweeters Socially Disruptive Narcissists?

It was with grave concern for Preiskel & Co’s David Allen Green – Britain’s only lawyer with a Facebook fan page – that I read of recent research establishing a link between how many Facebook friends you have, and how much of a “socially disruptive” narcissist you are. The research, published in the journal Personality and Individual… Read more »

Racist Tweet Law Student Avoids Jail – But Career Prospects Damaged

Newcastle University law student Joshua Cryer has been sentenced to a two-year community order for sending ‘grossly offensive’ Twitter messages to ex-footballer Stan Collymore. Having initially denied sending the tweets, claiming that his account had been hacked, Cryer (pictured) changed his plea and admitted his guilt at a hearing earlier this month. Sentencing him this… Read more »

‘I’m Worried Having a Blog Could Repel Chambers’

King’s College law student Yi Bin Woh reckons Lord Neuberger’s recent warning to judges about the dangers of courting publicity applies to wannabe lawyers, too I won’t lie: I like blogging. Not blawging in the semi-journalistic sense. I’m referring to personal blogging. You see, I like the cathartic effect of writing with complete abandon. I… Read more »