Get advice on social media law from our team of solicitors. We can help create social networking policies and protect against online risks.

Who Do Pitmans’ Social Media Law Lawyers Work For?

Pitmans’ client base includes:

Platform operators and publishers deploying social media, such as user-generated video, audio and commentary;
the authors and developers of applications taking advantage of social media  channels; and
brands using social media as part of integrated digital marketing campaigns.

We also assist those who are concerned about the use of their content within social media or publications in that environment which have the potential to harm their business or damage their reputation. We are experts in defamation and the new Defamation Act 2013, how it applies to both offline and online media, and have successfully taken a number of cases forward using the new framework as a basis.

Do Pitmans’ Social Media Law Lawyers Have Any Particular Areas Of Expertise?

With experience in a diverse range of issues relating to the social media sphere, Pitmans’ team is able to respond rapidly and knowledgeably to any challenge that might be encountered.

Sector expertise in current and topical issues including:

  • Advising employers in connection with and ownership of social network databases
  • User Generated Content (UGC) - licensing, clearance and drafting terms of use and potential risks
  • Social Media Policies - We can provide standard or bespoke policies
  • Intellectual Property - Enforcement of IP rights in multiple jurisdictions across different platforms, such as trade mark, design or copyright infringement
  • Social games and apps - we advise both clients and suppliers in relation to the development of games and apps and the licensing of any content distributed via or comprised in such games and apps
  • We can help advise on data privacy compliance and digital marketing campaigns via social media.

In addition we are accustomed to reacting and responding with urgent assistance to the victims of online defamation, in the critical early phase before harmful publications gain traction and start to become more widespread, through to proceedings for substantive remedies where the harm has already been done. More broadly, we advise clients on both the merits of claims and defending actions including managing reputation, take-down and containment.

Why Choose Pitmans’ Social Media Law Lawyers?

Pitmans’ technology team is highly regarded by its clients and other practitioners, which is reflected in recommendations within the Legal 500 and Chambers directories for the team and its leading partners Philip James and Tim Clark. We regularly host and attend seminars on the subject of social media, and are thought-leaders in this fast-moving digital world.

Will Richmond-Coggan, our in-house advocate, is nationally recognised as an expert in defamation and social media litigation and has recently been commissioned by MBL to deliver a range of seminars on the topic in 2014 at locations around the country.

In delivering prompt services to our wide range of clients in this rapidly evolving sector, our team combines high levels of expertise and experience with the down-to-earth commercial approach that the firm is renowned for. 

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