With an increasing number of barristers turning to platforms such as Twitter and LinkedIn in order to express themselves and develop their professional profile and networks, this online seminar supports barristers and support staff in navigating the practical and ethical challenges associated with the Bar’s use of social media.

Find out more about the seminar below.

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27 May 2021, 17:30 - 19:00
Event Type
Business development

About the session

Focusing on best practice, the most effective ways to establish brand image and mitigating and managing associated risks, this new online seminar is designed to address concerns about using social media and help maximise your social presence and reach.

Why attend?

This seminar will help you to:

  • Increase your understanding of best practice when using social media and how various platforms can offer increased opportunities for marketing and practice development;
  • Improve your understanding of the ethical dilemmas that can arise when using social media;
  • Identify the best forms of PR mitigation and management through the use of hypothetical social media ‘crises’; and
  • Take appropriate steps when being challenged or criticised by peers or clients online.


Chair: Shiryn Sayani, Communications Manager (Policy & Campaigns), The Bar Council

Shiryn Sayani


As Communications Manager (Policy & Campaigns), Shiryn leads policy-focused communications and campaigns work at the Bar Council, which represents all barristers in England and Wales. She was named as one of PRWeek's '30 under 30' comms professionals and was Highly Commended as Young PR Professional of the Year in 2020. Her recent work includes the award-winning 'I am the Bar' campaign. Shiryn has an LLB Law degree and has previously had experience with the BBC; the District-Attorney's Office in Athens, Georgia; Amicus ALJ and Gloucester Law Centre. She has volunteered with Liberty and currently sits on the Policy & Campaigns Advisory Group of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


Melissa Davis, Chief Executive, MD Communications

Melissa Davis


Melissa set up MD Communications, based in London, in 2010, after a career in economics and lobbying and a stint running the press office of the Law Society. MD Communications is a full service, global specialist legal reputation consultancy with a team of 30, spanning several jurisdictions and serving clients in most corners of the globe. Melissa leads a team that empowers their clients to grow their personal and professional reputations through PR, social media, digital content strategies, crisis management, legal directories and bids and tenders. Melissa sits on the IBA wellbeing working party as well as the European Regional Forum, the Law Firm Management Committee and the ABA Transnational Legal Practice Committee.

Joanna Hardy, self-employed barrister, Red Lion Chambers

Joanna Hardy


Joanna is a criminal defence barrister ranked in the 2019, 2020 and 2021 editions of the Legal 500 as a leading junior. In 2019, she was listed in the Law and Order category of the Evening Standard’s Progress 1000, a list of the most influential people in London. Joanna defends at the highest level. Her recent instructions as sole counsel include attempted murder, rape, kidnap, death by dangerous driving, arson, historic sexual allegations, widespread drugs conspiracies and high profile fraud. With over 40,000 Twitter followers, Joanna is a ‘Twitter titan’ and one of the UK’s most influential barristers on social media. Joanna uses her social media presence to promote access to the profession, diversity within the profession and contemporary legal issues.

John Battle, employed barrister, ITN and Bar Council Ethics Committee member

John Battle


John was called to the Bar in 1985. Following independent practice in common law chambers, he has worked as an employed barrister in major news organisations for 30 years. He is the Head of Legal and Compliance at ITN which makes ITV News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 news and has been in this role since 2001. The role entails advising journalists and editors on broadcast and online content and he writes the ITN Compliance Manual on standards - which includes policies on social media. Previously he worked as Group Legal Advisor at Associated Newspapers Limited and as Legal Manager of News UK. He is Chair of the Media Lawyers Association, leads the broadcast industry group regarding filming in courts, is Vice Chair of the DSMA committee and recently joined the Bar Council Ethics Committee. He has taught law at City University, University of London and has been a Visiting Lecturer at Melbourne University.




Standard ticket: £60 plus VAT
BRF subscriber discounted rate: £50 plus VAT
Pupil and barristers in income bands 1 and 2 discounted rate: £30 plus VAT
Pupils with income of under £25,000: free of charge

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All Bar Council online training is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please ensure you read our Zoom statement before booking.

There are no related events currently scheduled. To find out more about alternative dates and future related events, email our training and events team.

Paperless training packs

To minimise environmental impact and the amount of paper you have to carry with you, Bar Council training packs are paperless. As a delegate you will receive the materials you need for the training by email in advance, which you can access on your laptop or tablet or print in advace if required. 
Throughout the training, there will be references to various Bar Council guidance or external documents which are included as a hyperlink within the attendee workbook.