If as a UK lawyer, you use social media for business purposes, you need to be aware that the principals stated in the SRA code of conduct 2011 also apply to your social media activity.
After a few lawyers received some very negative publicity due to social media mistakes, we asked Mena Ruparel of Law CPD Solutions Ltd to write a guest blog on the topic of social media and lawyers' ethics.
The code of conduct makes sense for anyone using social media as a business communications tool. Be sensible and think before you post or tweet - would you want your colleagues or family to see it? If the answer is 'no' - go straight to the delete button.
Solicitors should bear in mind that the Law Society has issued a practice note on how solicitors should use social media. The long and the short of it is that solicitors have an overwhelming obligation to the public, both on the job and when they are “off the clock”. Solicitors sending tweets on Friday night after a glass (or two) of wine probably haven’t got the SRA code of conduct 2011 very clearly in mind. Principle 2 requires solicitors to act with integrity, at all times. Principle 6 requires a solicitor to behave in a way that maintains the trust that the public places in them and in the provision of legal services, at all times.