The Law on LinkedIn – Byfield Research in New Law Journal

Our research into the UK’s Top 200 law firms’ use of social media – ‘The Law Says Tweet’ – was reported by New Law Journal on 3 October.

The article led with the finding that social media has made a significant contribution to legal business development with nearly half of the law firms surveyed winning business through LinkedIn or Twitter. It also highlighted that three quarters of the law firms surveyed encouraged their employees to engage in social media on behalf of the firm.

However, the article went on to highlight the potential risks of allowing employees to use social media. Sixty per cent of the respondents thought ‘breach of confidentiality’ through social media is a ‘high risk’. The article referenced the High Court case of Whitmar v Gamage where an injunction was granted to stop ex-employees using confidential information gathered from LinkedIn and other sources.