‘A Practical Guide to Digital and Social Media Law for Lawyers’ by Sherree Westell


Paperback: 978-1-911035-54-1
Published: January 2018
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This book focuses on the practical aspects of dealing with digital and social media legal issues and contracts for businesses on a day-to-day basis. We recommend it particularly for:

  • general and in house legal professionals who need to deal with issues related to their organisations’ digital and social media activities without incurring external fees unless really necessary;
  • commercial, corporate and general practitioners whose clients may have requirements for advice in this area from time to time;
  • junior lawyers with limited experience of practising in digital and social media.


Sherree is a consultant solicitor at Woodroffes with well over 20 years experience of advising and acting for clients on all aspects of technology, digital and social media law as well as general commercial and corporate aspects of her clients’ businesses. Before joining her current long-established Belgravia law firm, Sherree spent many years at large City and national firms, over 10 of which as a partner.


1. Introduction and Overview
Who should read this book?
Why do you need this book?
Objectives, parameters and scope

2. Setting the Scene
What is digital and social media?
Business use of digital and social media
Evaluating legal risks associated with digital and social media

3. Data – The Data Protection Act and the GDPR
Key compliance aspects

Territorial reach of GDPR
Privacy by design
Data retention
Right to be forgotten
Data protection officers
Data breach notification
Big data and AI

5. Content Issues – Intellectual Property Rights
Overview of intellectual property rights
Trade marks
E-Commerce Regulations

6. Other Content Issues
Criminal offences

7. Potential Liability – Risk Reduction Steps and Strategies
User facing terms
Monitoring and moderating
Take down policy

8. Employees and Digital and Social Media
Recruitment and social media
Challenges to traditional concepts
Monitoring employees
Social media related dismissals
Social media policies

9. Digital and Social Media Contracts
Commercial contract reminders
Social and digital media related contracts
Digital and social media contract specifics