It's easy to forget that today's highly-accomplished legal Twitterati members were once callow social media debutantes — with a limit on how far back archived tweets could be searched facilitating the amnesia. However, this limit has just been scrapped, and it's now possible to find out people's first ever tweets via a monitoring service called... Read more »
Trawlers of Instagram and Twitter will doubtless have noticed that the social media trend of the summer appears to be none other than selfie photos taken by young wannabe lawyers as they go about their mini-pupillages. We harvested the best ones...
A mini-pupil has given a memorable demonstration of work experience disenchantment in the social media age, taking to Twitter on Wednesday to detail his pain at being "abandoned" by the barrister he was shadowing. The full rant — with the author's identity concealed — is below... It began so well. But the next day things... Read more »
As regular Legal Cheek readers will know, the problem of fake Twitter followers — identified in Monday's Dispatches documentary on the manipulation of social media — extends to the legal profession. Over the last couple of years we have outed some of the law firms, chambers and individual lawyers with an unusually high proportion of... Read more »
After David Dickinson look-a-like (and Tuckers Solicitors senior partner) Franklin Sinclair showed off his Jaguar again on recently-concluded ITV documentary The Briefs, it was a matter of time before the backlash began. Somewhat surprisingly, though, it hasn't come from the Daily Mail, but rather Sinclair's fellow legal aid lawyers, who have been goading him of... Read more »
According to The Independent, Harbottle & Lewis is demanding, on behalf of Pippa Middleton, that the brilliant Twitter account @Pippatips be deleted. As top media lawyers, Harbottle & Lewis, of course, really get Twitter...
Hopes were high when it was announced that criminal barrister and former Tory MP Jerry Hayes (pictured) was to appear on Question Time last night. The man who has helped rally the Bar against the government via his excellent blog would now take this message to the country on national TV. Well, that was the... Read more »
A Canadian criminal lawyer is at the heart of a media storm after several highly offensive tweets referring to the Boston bombing were posted from a law firm Twitter account that he is believed to control. Alongside the tweet pictured above, which is a reference to the police officer who was shot by the accused... Read more »
On Easter Sunday, anonymous Twitter sensation @LawVicissitudes tweeted this cheekily blasphemous gag: What people don't realise is that after you sell your soul to become a lawyer, you earn enough money to buy a new one! #LawStudentProblems — Law Student Problems (@LawVicissitudes) March 31, 2013 It was generally very well-received, getting 101 retweets and 33... Read more »
Law students don’t get out much, preferring instead to pour their energies into work – and procrastination. Enter @LawVicissitudes, an anonymous Twitter account which is causing a storm among British wannabe lawyers. Since launching less than two months ago, @LawVicissitudes has rapidly hauled in over 4,000 followers, with retweets of its pithy one-liners about what's... Read more »
"I should very much like to be a barrister so I could say things like 'I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen of the jury' and wear a bow tie," tweeted celeb priest Richard Coles on Friday. To which he received this helpful response from 1KBW's Philip Marshall QC... Thanks to Kim Evans (aka... Read more »
It's not often that you get a member of the legal profession outperforming Justin Bieber on Twitter. But this morning UK Supreme Court chief Lord Neuberger achieved this impressive feat after his suggestion that legal aid cuts could undermine the rule of law sparked a wave of debate on the social network... And here, for... Read more »
On Friday we revealed that the directors of the company behind an event charging wannabe barristers for pupillage application advice are Tooks Chambers barristers Naeem Mian and Sultana Tafadar. Not keen to be associated with such behaviour, one of Tooks' star silks, Hugh Southey QC, today took to Twitter with the aim of distancing himself... Read more »
In defence of the existing law on social media [UK Criminal Law Blog] High street firms in ‘increasingly precarious’ position [Solicitors Journal] International Criminal Court snowman [Mark Kersten on Twitter] Solicitor finally paid for Chinese vase after long legal battle… but only gets half of the £50m it went for at auction [Mail Online] Betfair... Read more »
Allen & Overy chief backs apprenticeships "so long as standards are upheld" [The Independent] Drop out fails in bid to auction his name on eBay – despite dropping price [Thomson Reuters] January Blues [Jamie Anderson on Twitter] From law firm managing partner to organising activity tours in southern Tuscany [Manchester Evening News] Solicitors 'ran immigration scam... Read more »
President of the Law Society: “If career progression was based on pure merit, some male business leaders and law firm senior partners would never even have seen the paintings on the boardroom wall" [Evening Standard] Is Leveson inquiry interrogator Robert Jay making return to public life? [The Guardian] "Those new personalised Facebook status messages are... Read more »
The boyfriend of solicitor Kate Baker has weighed into the row surrounding her sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claims against Devon law firm Follett Stock. Social media manager Tristan Rothwell (pictured left) began by identifying himself on LinkedIn as "the person she was having the relationship with!"... He then turned to Twitter to... Read more »
Delhi gang rape lawyer says 'no respectable woman' would be raped [Huffington Post UK] 'An aid for your daily Twitter experience: Orwell's Two Minute Hate (remarkably prescient if you watch it)' [David Allen Green via Twitter] Woman Bar leader sees end of ‘fat cat’ image [The Times] Birmingham Law Centre faces the axe after a... Read more »
The final report of the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) – potentially the biggest shake-up of legal education in three decades – was due last month. But as yet there has been no sign of it... There have been murmurings as far back as autumn 2011 that LETR was going to struggle to keep its December... Read more »
Meanwhile on Twitter lawyers share their 2013 pain...
Posters of offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook less likely to face criminal charges, under new guidelines set out by Keir Starmer QC [Huffington Post] Positive reaction so far to the new Twitter and Facebook social media prosecution guidelines from top media lawyers [Twitter] Online comment crimes: Key cases [BBC News] Mario Balotelli's legal challenge... Read more »
DPP's interim guidelines for social media prosecutions embargoed til midnight. But Twitter Joke Trial barrister gives hint about their content [John Cooper QC on Twitter] UK Bill of Rights Commission fails to reach consensus [The Guardian] The Bill of Rights Commission report: a modest proposal [UK Human Rights Blog] I am deleting my Instagram account... Read more »
Commission on a Bill of Rights BINGO [UK Human Rights Blog] Slaughter and May solicitor warns top football clubs [City AM] Gay marriage: divorces over adultery face legal challenge [The Telegraph] Only a few days until Christmas! Make sure you're aware of a law firm's opening hours...? [Ellisons Solicitors via Twitter] Wrongly accused: ‘a lack... Read more »
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 »