oa De Rebus - Beware of social media pitfalls : news



The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) in conjunction with the International Bar Association (IBA) held a symposium on16 November 2015 in Johannesburg. The purpose of the symposium was for young lawyers to engage with international and local speakers on the new frontiers of legal ethics and their relevance in practice to social media, globalisation and the new business of law. In his welcome address, Co-chairperson of the LSSA, Richard Scott, noted that the legal profession is expected to hold high standards of conduct when dealing with their clients especially because the profession deals with highly confidential information. 'Attorneys are expected to carry out instructions with due diligence and integrity. This is a duty we owe both our clients and the courts. We should always remain constant and ensure that we maintain high standards of ethical conduct,' he added.

Attorney and LSSA representative to the IBA Council, Tshepo Shabangu, remarked that this was the opportune time to have such a discussion in South Africa as it is no longer 'business as usual'. She said that one of the reasons for this was the rapid speed of globalisation and the effect social media has had on society. 'Attorneys need to adapt but be cautious of the ethical considerations surrounding social media. ... Social media can be used to advance business but this should be done in an ethical manner,' she said.


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