These guidelines apply to social media posts from and on behalf of Leeds Law Society, comments on social medial posts by and on behalf of Leeds Law Society, comments to the press / media by Leeds Law Society or directors on behalf of Leeds Law Society and emails from Leeds Law Society. Comments or social media posts from individual directors which are not made on behalf of Leeds Law Society are at the individual directors’ discretion. Directors are reminded that they are representatives of Leeds Law Society and there is a risk of comments unintentionally being associated with Leeds Law Society, even if not made on its behalf.
Whenever posting or commenting on social media, providing comments to press on behalf of Leeds Law Society or sending emails to our mailing list, we should keep in mind the objects of Leeds Law Society. The objects of Leeds Law Society are to “represent, support and help Leeds Solicitors in such manner and by carrying out such activities as the Society from time to time decides”. We should also keep in mind and seek to act in accordance with the SRA Principles.
Posts/comments etc related to issues which are directly linked to in support of and/or consistent with the ongoing projects and work of Leeds Law Society (e.g. promoting diversity and inclusion, access to justice, Leeds as a centre of legal excellence, etc) will generally be acceptable (subject to point 5).
Posts/comments etc which do not relate to the work of Leeds Law Society should generally be avoided. In the event of circumstances which are outside the work of Leeds Law Society but which a director / directors feel strongly that we should comment on, it will be discussed with the board and agreed on a case by case basis.
Requests for comments by the press / media should be submitted to Rachel and the president of Leeds Law Society in the first instance in order for a considered and coordinated response to be provided.