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Troubled water: The legal risks of LinkedIn for UK law firms

Do you have a clear view of the risks of social media in the workplace? Anna Gregory examines the key issues under English law

10 April 2013

 

The online networking tool LinkedIn is used by over 200 million professionals worldwide to facilitate the exchange of business-related information. It is a valuable resource that allows individuals to 'connect' with one another to aid business development and can help to build the profiles of both the individual and firm alike.

However, there are also inherent risks to law firms as employers in the usage of such social media platforms and particular issues that arise in a legal services context.

The increasing prevalence and ever-evolving nature of social media usage in the workplace means that firms should ensure they are sufficiently protected, through policies and procedures, in the event that an employment dispute arises. Social media should therefore be considered when drafting contracts of employment, compromise agreements and the firm's social media policy.

This article looks at four key issues for law firms:...

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