Social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, is being widely used now and it is not without dangers. The recent Lord McAlpine libel litigation, cyber-stalking, tweets which break the contempt of court laws - all have a ‘chilling’ effect on ‘free speech’. Employers are increasingly turning to Twitter and Facebook to check out future employees and to monitor the behaviour of current employees.
Today, I am talking with Sean Jones QC of 11 KBW, a leading employment and public law set. We look at the employment law implications for use of social media in some depth and discuss the important case of Smith v Trafford Housing Trust  EWHC 3221 (Ch)
We then move on to discuss practice at the Bar, the immediate to medium term prospects for barristers and Sean Jones QC provides some advice for prospective barristers.