Emma Sadleir

Emma Sadleir’s areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on defamation, privacy and social media law – and these topics put her high on the list of requested celebrity public speakers.

She spends as much time – as her diary will allow – addressing companies and their staff on the considerations one needs to bear in mind in the all-pervasive world of social media in which we dwell.

She is an admitted attorney and has a BA LLB (with distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand and an LLM in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, having been awarded a scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

She worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own to specialise in social media law in 2013.

Much of her work involves creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, drafting social media agency agreements and providing training and workshops on social media law.

Emma was an anchor for The Oscar Pistorius trial where she hosted a programme discussing social media, the law and court proceedings and she was also retained during the trial as a legal commentator for the BBC.

Her regular weekly slot on DJ Fresh’s show on 5fm allows her to answers listeners’ questions on social media legal issues.

Emma is the co-author of “Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex… And Other Legal Advice For The Age of Social Media”, published by Penguin Random House, a book which was described by motivational speaker Professor Jonathan Jansen as “the most important textbook a university student will buy”.

Emma is also the co-author of the social media section of the legal textbook, ‘Communications Law’ which was published by Lexis Nexus.