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Family business | A case of oversharing

The Law Society has issued social media guidelines for solicitors, but it's time we ?do the same for clients, ?says Marilyn Stowe

7 June 2013

Earlier this year, the booming interest in social media led the Law Society to issue new online reputation management guidelines for solicitors. The guidelines warned that confidential, private information shared with solicitors by clients could be broadcast to a wider audience, noted that Facebook's graph search tool can allow anyone to look up anything shared with you there, and suggested that sharing information with clients on social media platforms could put law firms at risk of breaking confidentiality rules.

Here at Stowe Family Law, the marketing team has been busy compiling an up-to-date social media policy. Since the firm's fee earners began using Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media networks en masse, such exercises have become a necessity.

Given some recent newspaper headlines and judgments, I believe it is now time to go further. Guidance for solicitors is all well and good - but what about a stout and comprehensive social media policy for ou...

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