Author: Brian John Spencer

Keir Starmer QC joins Twitter and launches Personal Website – The New Twitter

Keir Starmer QC joins Twitter and launches Personal Website – The New Twitter

One of Britain’s most senior lawyers is now on Twitter. His migration online represents another important episode in the history and evolution of the legal industry. Another step towards the lawyer’s full embrace of...

‘Barristers’ – A five-part documentary into the world of Northern Ireland barristers

‘Barristers’ – A five-part documentary into the world of Northern Ireland barristers

I laughed at the tweet below from David Allen Green. But how timely. Being sent on the same evening that ‘Barristers’premiered on BBC Northern Ireland (@BBCnireland). (Watch on iPlayer here.) An antidote of sorts...

Glenn Greenwald – Lawyer turned partisan blogger

Glenn Greenwald – Lawyer turned partisan blogger

The story of Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), civil liberties litigator turned blogger, has a lot to teach the modern lawyer and a law profession going through a an identity crisis. And when I say this...

Adam Wagner, David Allen Green and Andrew Sullivan on Legal Blogging

Adam Wagner, David Allen Green and Andrew Sullivan on Legal Blogging

    Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) Non-law blogger Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) is the founder and editor of the blog The Dish (@dishfeed). He is venerated for his writing and thinking and regarded as the pre-eminent online journalist...

Zero to 140 with Josh Block of Bloomberg Law

We’re here for a conversation with non-lawyer producer Josh Block (@JoshBlockNYC), New York resident and producer for Bloomberg Law (@BloombergLaw). Josh began his career as producer for the Charlie Rose Show, later for David Letterman...

Richard Susskind Serves Up “Tough Love” to Northern Ireland Barristers

Richard Susskind Serves Up “Tough Love” to Northern Ireland Barristers

On Friday 15 November the Bar Council of Northern Ireland held its conference, Transforming Legal Practice Through Innovation (preview here). Fittingly, the eminent legal futurist Richard Susskind (@RichardSusskind) headlined the event. Proceedings were facilitated by...

#nibar2013 Preview – Richard Susskind to Headline Bar Conference Northern Ireland

#nibar2013 Preview – Richard Susskind to Headline Bar Conference Northern Ireland

Legal futurist Richard Susskind who headlines the Northern Ireland Bar Conference in Belfast, #nibar2013 I’ve previously taken a look at the state of Ireland’s legal Twitter and blog scene via the Irish Times here....

Joshua Rozenberg – Are We Training Too Many Lawyers?

Joshua Rozenberg – Are We Training Too Many Lawyers?

  Joshua Rozenberg asked on Radio 4’s Law in Action what America has been asking and answering for some time now (here and here): Are legal training colleges training too many lawyers? For many in the industry the answer is...

Legal Blogging – How to blog easy and often

Legal Blogging – How to blog easy and often

Lawyers are the consummate networker. Yet they still don’t totally get social networking, and even fewer get blogging. (And remember Twitter is simply a micro-blog.) The FT Innovative Lawyers 2013 caught the situation: “Lawyers...

Law School And That Other New Republic Article

Law School And That Other New Republic Article

The US magazine The New Republic has got itself famous for saying bad things about Big Law and its white-shoe wearing lawyers. A breed which the associate editor Noam Scheider has predicted will be all...

“It’s the Legal Economy, stupid” – My thoughts on the LETR

“It’s the Legal Economy, stupid” – My thoughts on the LETR

John Cooper QC has been a vocal critic of the DDP’s social media prosecution guidelines. Both the interim (published December 19 2012) and full and final document published June 2013. He took issue with its...

Is Social Media Uncontrollable?

Is Social Media Uncontrollable?

In a recent episode of The Big Questions (broadcast April 28 2013), Nicky Campbell tackled the issue of social media misuse and abuse. The context? Two days prior on April 26 2013, Dean Liddle...

Big, Boutique or Bust?

We lawyers are an important lot. We are the grease that lubricates the wheels of commerce. We make the world go round.  However with our status as the world’s lubricator there comes a problem:...

The Case for Plain English

The Case for Plain English

Throughout my 5 years at law school I continually asked myself one question: why can’t these guys just write in plain English? In case you’re wondering, I’m referring to legal academics and other legal...