Lawyers and law firms are using social media more and more, not just for promotion and marketing but also for recruitment, investigations, education etc. Whilst lawyers should know what their professional obligations are and how they might be constrained in ways that other professionals are not, many are not aware or have forgotten the rules. Support staff and those advising lawyers are often completely unaware on the limits to what can and can’t be done.
There is so much training about how to harness social media and consultants who promote what they can do. But rarely is that training balanced with a review of lawyer’s duties that constrain their ability to use social media as non-lawyers may be able to do.
This session covers the main ways lawyers use social media, the legal professional duties that may apply and examples of when things go wrong. Plus a look at Linkedin and the kinds of things that lawyers do wrong on this platform.
- How do lawyers and law firms use social media and what professional duties apply that might constrain a lawyer’s use of social media?
- Does your firm have a Social Media Policy and is it comprehensive enough to cope with this rapidly changing topic?
- What are the kinds of things that can go wrong and what are the consequences including Risk Management tips to avoid the problems