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Don’t make a # of it: Social media guidance from Wragge & Co

A good practice note for those using or wishing to use social media to improve their business profile. Coming from the legal minds at Wragge & Co in their advertising and marketing department, it is a must-read piece for those with an online presence.

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September 24, 2013 · 9:01 am

Presentation: They are free to speak not what they ought to say, but what they feel: private chats, public communications and changing legal attitudes

On 1 May 2013, the Information Rights Centre at Northumbria University hosted a conference on the changing notion of privacy. The link attached is the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied my paper, which looked at the theory behind privacy law and how it could be applied to social media and the growing legal wrangling that surrounds it.

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June 11, 2013 · 6:15 pm

Dealing with racist tweets by employees (Shoosmiths)

A lot of the social media updates that have been published in the past few months have concerned social media and employment law. We have all heard stories about employers enooping on Facebook and Twitter, but at times there are genuine concerns about how the outpourings of an individual on social media could affect their employer. In this update by Karen Fletcher, a partner at Shoosmiths, she provides a brief run down on how social media could result in disciplinary proceedings, and how any such proceedings should be undertaken. A good introduction for both employers and employees.

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September 4, 2012 · 9:07 am

Data Protection Law World Handbook 2012 (DLA Piper)

As the title suggests, this is a document pulled together by the lawyers at DLA Piper on the various Data Protection regimes around the world. Although not great in the fine detail (otherwise the handbook would be a lot larger than its 274 pages), it’s an extremely useful guide to those looking at comparative regimes and needing a way in.

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August 29, 2012 · 8:54 am

Hacking Off Alan Partridge (Macfarlanes)

A note by Geoff Steward on the final part of the Mulcaire litigation.

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August 29, 2012 · 8:51 am

The Fresh Prince – Is there more than just Privacy and Freedom of the Press at stake? (Eversheds)

A small article amongst many others on the subject of Prince Harry but with a focus on a Data Protection aspect of the matter.

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August 29, 2012 · 8:49 am

No duty to lower academic standards for disabled student (Mills & Reeve)

One of the perennial discussions about entry to the Bar as a profession looks at the academic requirements for entering onto the BPTC. It currently sits at a Lower Second class degree, but there is discussion as to whether the BSB should raise this to ensure that people who stand a good chance of passing the course (and of getting pupillage) can do so, while those who do not should not waste their time and a lot of money working towards a profession they will never succeed at. The link above provides a brief summary of a recent case involving the Visitors of the Inns of Court investigating an appeal against the BSB’s decision not to use its discretion to lower the academic standards for the Bar course for a disabled student. Only a small summary, it highlights the point that a competence standard is a proportionate means of ensuring success on the course. Perhaps now there is an argument for raising the entry standard to the next level and doing away with the aptitude test.

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August 17, 2012 · 9:14 am