Last week saw the 1st ever family law tweetup in London. Held at No.1 Alfred Place, the event provided fellow tweeters a chance to finally meet up and talk face to face.
Clearly the mix of professions present was dominated by family lawyers and barristers, however also present were IFA’s, and several other professions, each with their own angle on family law. I managed to meet up with a number of people who I’d connected with on Twitter which was invaluable. Gaining insights into the politics, hearing about the ‘makers and shakers’ of the family law world was an eye opener. Some Twitter avatars are clearly out of date judging from the different hair styles and a few new wrinkles! Having attended many business networking events over the years, I was expecting to travel home with a pocket full of business cards. In fact I don’t think there were many business cards passed that night, rather Twitter handles to follow up the next morning 🙂
You may wonder why a technology company would want to be present at such event – simple. Whilst developing our software tools, we’ve become true believers in family mediation. The #familylawtweetup was a wonderful opportunity to meet up with lawyers and mediators to discuss issues and the reality of technology in the context of family law. We managed to spread the word on our growing free database of family mediation services findmediation.co.uk. And to cap it all, the chance to met some really lovely people who are passionate about what they do.
What was just as interesting as meeting up with Tweeters, was hearing how Twitter has affected the working and social life of us all. There were stories of how new opportunities have arisen in business purely out of relationships built on social media.
Huge thanks has to go to Joanne Major of Major Family Law, Geraldine Morris of Lexis Nexis and those behind the scenes for organising the event. Despite a 3 1/2 hour journey down South, a train and tube ride into the capital, the Tweetup was definitely a wonderful opportunity to meet old/new Tweeters. Future familylawtweetup’s will definitely be a must.