By Tim Maughan Independent lawyer and barrister at law Andrew Joyce has spent his professional life battling a litany of law students and lawyers, from George Orwell to David Hume.
Now, Mr Joyce has joined forces with his mentor and fellow Oxford Law graduate and legal scholar, Prof Ian Jones, to tackle a new challenge: the use of social media to attack lawyers and their clients.
“Social media has really taken on a life of its own in recent years,” Mr Joyce said.
“People are becoming increasingly savvy on what they say online and what they tweet.”
The courts are increasingly turning to social media as a means of making decisions in court.
“We want to see lawyers and clients on Twitter and Facebook as being as adversarial as possible.”
In this video, Professor Jones explains why lawyers need to be on social media and what’s wrong with that, and why he is backing the new project.
Mr Joyce and Prof Jones will meet again on Wednesday to discuss their work.
The project was launched on Monday with the goal of tackling a range of issues that have emerged since the Brexit referendum, such as the impact of the internet on employment and employment law.
The pair’s first target is a social media platform called Twitter.
“I’m hoping that Twitter can make a difference for a lot of people,” Prof Jones said.”
We’ve seen that when lawyers use Twitter to discuss cases, people are more likely to agree with what they’re saying.
“So, it would be helpful to use Twitter in a way that helps people in a better position to make a case.”
Professor Jones said he hoped that this project would be a catalyst for the development of the platform and the development in the field of social justice.
“Twitter is one of those platforms where people will do whatever they can to get people to do what they think they need to do,” he said.
“It has become the main platform for people who want to vent and be vocal.”
Mr Joyce said he was “absolutely” delighted to be involved with this new project, and hopes that it would encourage the development and development of social networking in the legal profession.
“It’s a real opportunity to help people,” he explained.
“There are more and more people in the law profession who don’t have a legal education and are starting to think about going into the field.”
The lawyer is a former senior associate at the law firm Leigh Day, where he represented victims of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
He has also worked on a number of other projects including a case in the US about a man who used Facebook to challenge his own sexual assault conviction.
In 2015, Mr Davis was also involved in an unsuccessful legal challenge to a case against Facebook’s anti-discrimination policies in New Zealand.
He also has a long history in the bar, having been appointed by Justice Robert Morris to represent the Bar Council of Australia in 2014.