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The advent of social media has introduced a further platform whereby criminal offences can be committed virtually. Social media additionally poses certain risks and challenges for members of the legal profession.

The first part of the presentation will focus upon how the criminal law is being used to prosecute individuals for offences perpetrated on social media and how such prosecutions may interact with fundamental rights guaranteed under the ECHR.

The second part of the presentation will provide practical guidance and advice on the use of social media by the legal profession.


Cameron Smith was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2020. He called to the Bar as the Lord Reid Scholar. Since calling, Cameron has been instructed in a wide variety of actions. He continues to develop a busy criminal law practice, appearing on a regular basis in the High Court of Justiciary. Prior to joining Compass Chambers, Cameron worked with a leading firm of solicitors in Glasgow where he gained extensive experience in crime and reputational matters.

David McKie is a Partner at Levy & McRae with considerable experience built up in a wide range of areas over 25 years. He specialises in media law, representing newspapers, TV and radio broadcasters and websites. He also represents high profile individuals, businesses and organisations in ‎the protection of their reputations. David was Head of Media Law at Glasgow University from 2009 - 16 and is a regular commentator in all forms of media.


Originally recorded on 16.11.21

16.11.21 Social Media:Criminal Offences Online and Practical Guidance for Lawyer

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