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The Digital Law Company provides advice, guidance and education in the field of digital media.

Emma Sadleir, the continent’s leading social media law expert, established the company to meet the needs of the hundreds of thousands of people she has encountered in her role as a public speaker, media lawyer, author and thought leader.

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Emma is hilarious and petrifying in equal amounts which makes her perfect for talking to boys - I organized her to talk at our school last year, it started off with lots of laughs, but towards the end you could hear a pin drop

My daughters were fortunate to have Emma speak at their school about 3 years ago. They are now almost 11 and 14 and still talk about what they learnt. They both also signed Emma's contract regards screen time and how they use their devices! Very very grateful for all these resources!!!

Emma got her point across in a humorous yet very sincere way with regards the consequences of inappropriate posting on social media. She pitched the level just right so that the young and old got the message.

Please thank Emma for her amazing talk with our team. I have had great feedback from the attendees and have requests to extend this to more people within the company.

Wow - I joined you for the talk you did at my sons' school last Thursday and was completely blown away by what you had to say! I have been to quite a few talks at schools over the years but have to say that those 2 hours were the best 2 hours spent at a school talk!!! I have two boys at the junior school, so your talk really opened my eyes to what is yet to come. I am so pleased that I am now armed with more information - and your book - before our boys enter the world of smartphones and social media!


Emma Sadleir is South Africa’s leading expert on social media law. The company she founded in 2013, the Digital Law Company, specialises in educating and advising corporates, employees, schools, parents, teachers, and universities on the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media.

Emma’s areas of expertise include managing the legal consequences of using social media including defamation, privacy, hate speech and intellectual property; cyberbullying and harassment; sexting and pornography offences; the disciplinary consequences of using social media; personal and brand reputation management on social media; health and social media and online safety.

Much of Emma’s 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 and her team have collectively addressed hundreds of blue-chip corporate clients and over 100,000 learners across South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria and the United Kingdom through educational talks and presentations. She also teaches media law to journalists and lawyers and lectures personal reputation management on various MBA programmes.

Emma was an anchor for The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel where, for the duration of the evidence in the trial, she hosted a programme discussing social media, the law and court proceedings. Emma was retained as a legal commentator for the BBC (both radio and television) for closing argument, verdict and sentencing of the Oscar Pistorius trial.

In addition, Emma spoke at SXSW in March 2015 and has presented at the International Bar Association’s Initiative for Women Business Lawyers. She is a regular commentator on radio and television.

Emma is the co-author ofDon’t Film Yourself Having Sex… And Other Legal Advice For The Age of Social Media, published by Penguin Random House in September 2014. The book was described by 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”, published by Lexis Nexus in January 2015.

Her second book, Selfies, Sexts and Smartphones: A Teenager’s Online Survival Guide was published by Penguin Random House in October 2017.