Ethical Issues with Social Media

Ethical Issues with Social Media


Ethical Issues with Social Media

Date: 08-Feb-2018

What you can and can't do with this important communication tool


Ethical Issues with Social Media


Thursday, 8th February 2018

Start Time

1:00pm AEDT

End Time

2:00pm AEDT

Event Location

Online via webinar

Host Venue Details

Online via webinar

Event Overview

Lawyers and law firms are using social media more and more, not just for promotion and marketing but also for recruitment, investigations, education etc. Whilst lawyers should know what their professional obligations are and how they might be constrained in ways that other professionals are not, many are not aware or have forgotten the rules. Support staff and those advising lawyers are often completely unaware on the limits to what can and can’t be done.
There is so much training about how to harness social media and consultants who promote what they can do. But rarely is that training balanced with a review of lawyer’s duties that constrain their ability to use social media as non-lawyers may be able to do.

This session covers the main ways lawyers use social media, the legal professional duties that may apply and examples of when things go wrong. Plus a look at Linkedin and the kinds of things that lawyers do wrong on this platform.

Topics include:
  • How do lawyers and law firms use social media and what professional duties apply that might constrain a lawyer's use of social media?
  • Does your firm have a Social Media Policy and is it comprehensive enough to cope with this rapidly changing topic?
  • What are the kinds of things that can go wrong and what are the consequences including Risk Management tips to avoid the problems

Event Sponsors

Presented By

Cathryn Urquhart, BJuris LLB | College of Law

Cathryn trained as a lawyer and worked in large commercial law firms-mainly in insurance and construction litigation. She has also been in-house as a claims solicitor at Law Mutual(WA) where she managed claims made against lawyers and presented Risk Management. 

More recently, Cathryn has taken on a few roles. She is the Facilitator and one of the presenters at the College of Law Legal Practice Management Course in WA. She also helps with PLT assessment at the College. And she has her own business as a Professional Skills Trainer and Coach delivering tailored in-house seminars on professional skills, practice management and ethics. Cathryn can also work one-on-one with lawyers to focus on their particular needs.

Professional Development

1 CPD Unit/ 1 NZ Hour Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Event Costs

ALPMA Members: Free!

ALPMA Associates: $49.50 (incl. GST)

Non Members*: $99 (incl. GST) - *Non Members must be eligible to join ALPMA

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