In these difficult times for the legal profession, it’s all about carving out a niche…
Ben Saunders, the third person in history to reach the North Pole alone and on foot, has seen many things. But never a Christmas card as hilarious as the one he received from his solicitor, Philip Stinson of London entertainment and media law firm Clintons.
Corporate Twitter accounts are often criticised for their blandness. But what happens when they go the other way and crack controversial gags about national treasures like David Beckham? BPP Professional Education (of which BPP Law School is the jewel in the crown) found out the hard way yesterday when its official Twitter account issued this… Read more »
The website TopCriminalQC.co.uk seems like a spoof. But Michael Wolkind QC’s chambers, 2 Bedford Row, have confirmed (with a weary sigh) that it’s real…
Who said the life of a newly qualified solicitor was all about keeping your nose to the grindstone? As the Twitter feed of Kingsley Napley NQ Dave Rowntree (aka the drummer from Blur who has become a lawyer) illustrates, it’s perfectly possible to use the job as a jumping off point for international DJing frolics…… Read more »
Yesterday at 5:17pm – a full three hours and 16 minutes after the announcement had been made that Norton Rose and US firm Fulbright & Jaworski were to merge, and the story had been dissected at length by the main legal publications on both sides of the Atlantic – The American Lawyer magazine’s London correspondent roared… 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…
It started with this proud tweet from John Cooper QC. Which was followed by this similarly proud tweet from Kirsty Brimelow QC…
The bit from Keir Starmer QC’s speech at the LSE last night that got everyone talking…
This is one of those ‘Wow, just wow!’ stories. It has two strands, which come together in the most bizarre way. Last spring, a flamboyant Twitter character called Banffers QC (whose old avatar photo is pictured, left) caused a storm when he was outed as a fake after offering several law students “pupillages at his… Read more »
QualitySolicitors’ campaign against “faceless” legal services providers – which we highlighted on Friday – has backfired after a Twitter account set up to promote it, “@FacelessSol“, was suspended by the California-based social network.
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.
The full transcript of yesterday’s annual press conference with the Lord Chief Justice is very long. Fortunately, David Allen Green, who was there, has highlighted the best bit.
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 »
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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 »
It began last Thursday, when right-wing Tory MP Philip Davies labelled Judge Peter Bowers (of burglars are courageous fame) an “idiot” and “lily livered” in the House of Commons – then went on Radio 5 to drive home his slur. This annoyed ‘Boro Barrister’, an anonymous tweeting barrister who practises in the Teeside area where… 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 »
A magistrate has published on his blog what he says are new guidelines from the Judicial Office that place strict limitations on what members of the judiciary of England and Wales can write in blogs and on Twitter. The leaked document, which is posted in full below, was apparently issued on Thursday by email on… Read more »
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 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 »
This morning, I tweeted a story about a barrister who’d described his client as a “slag”. Referring to a CCTV film of the client lifting her skirt and flirting with three men who she is then alleged to have taken to murder her wealthy husband, Stuart Rafferty QC stated in his closing speech: “You’ve all… 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 »
Yesterday, left-wing firebrand Laurie Penny insulted senior solicitors everywhere with this distressingly inaccurate tweet:
I’ve written previously of my love for E4′s Made in Chelsea. But it seems that what I feel for the show is eclipsed by the passion it arouses in law professor Gary Slapper, who writes the weekly ‘Weird Cases’ column for The Times (£). Here’s a small extract from the most recent of Slapper’s now… Read more »
In 2010, when City lawyer David Allen Green (AKA Jack of Kent) was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize For Blogging on the back of his coverage of the Simon Singh libel trial, many thought he’d dominate the legal blogosphere for years. But a mere two years on and Green (pictured) has been knocked from his… Read more »
On Monday, I ran a story about the dad of Hugo from Made in Chelsea, who is SJ Berwin solicitor-advocate Tim Taylor QC. Judging by an interview Taylor senior did with his firm’s in-house magazine, in which he boasted of his ability to balance a glass of Chablis on his forehead and drink it without… Read more »
This week, LexisNexis PR specialists Simon Goldie and Melissa Higgs visit Legal Cheek HQ, where they share their advice on managing an online public profile with journalist Alex Aldridge and employment lawyer Kevin Poulter. In the wake of Lord Neuberger’s comments criticising judges for appearing on MasterChef, the quartet discuss how far lawyers and law… Read more »
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 »
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 »
Newcastle University law student Joshua Cryer (pictured) has confessed to sending “grossly offensive” tweets to former Premier League footballer Stan Collymore. 21 year-old Cryer had initially denied tweeting racist messages to Collymore following his arrest after being reported to police by the ex-footballer.
The legal profession is waking up this morning to the distressing news that not a single of its members achieved a place in The Independent’s list of the UK’s 100 most influential tweeters. Scandalously, not even legal Twitter A-lister David Allen Green (pictured) – who boasts 24,571 followers and was recently named the 64th most… Read more »
Along with Mike Semple Piggot (@CharonQC), intellectual property barrister David Harris (@Geeklawyer) is one of the first British lawyers to have built up a profile through blogging and tweeting. But Harris’ (pictured) original Geeklawyer blog vanished a couple of years ago, and he has been quiet for a good while on Twitter on account of… Read more »
A year ago, when The Times’ legal editor Frances Gibb joined Twitter, uploaded a profile photo and wrote herself a bio, legal market watchers rushed to follow her. Almost overnight, she attracted 200 of us. What exciting law-related titbits was this well-connected hack going to reveal, we wondered? And kept wondering, as Gibb stubbornly refused… Read more »
“These breaded treats (pictured below) are absolutely world class – and I don’t use that term lightly – get yourself a plate lad,” purred Legal Cheek’s Kevin Poulter at last night’s legal tweet-up, held at the Old Bank of England pub on Fleet Street in central London. At least that’s what I think he said;… Read more »