Web week

The Lawyer’s Web Week is a weekly commentary on legal activity on the web. This includes an overview of the best of the week’s blogs. If you want to direct us to useful links, email webweek@thelawyer. com.

You can more or less tell when an internet fad has run its course when the tax experts get in on it. Tax lawyers and internet geeks alike will barely be able to contain their excitement at the news of accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward launching an office in virtual world Second Life.

They did so with a new tragi-comic film about tax investigations. As you do. The three-minute short film somehow works tax evasion into a weird family feud involving spoilt children, a South American model (to sex it all up) and a brutal heart attack.

It’s available on YouTube (www.youtube. com/user/bdostoyhayward) if you can’t find the firm’s luxurious island in Second Life.

The old-fashioned revenge email after a heartless sacking seems to be going out of fashion these days. But law blog Above the Law (www.abovethelaw.com) has piped up with quite an incredible example from the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

The firm sacked an associate six days after her miscarriage. Not exactly tactful, but it gets worse. The associate then accused the firm of trying to buy her silence with three months pay, which she refused.

Instead she decided to send a public email to senior management saying: “It shows startlingly poor judgment and management skills – and cowardice – on your parts… Unlike you, I am not just a paid mouthpiece with no independent judgment. I will decide how and to whom to communicate how you have treated me.”