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JOB TITLE:                       Reporter

LOCATION:                      London, Waterloo

BRAND:                            The Lawyer


About The Lawyer…

The Lawyer was established 30 years ago to provide the latest news, analysis and business intelligence to lawyers working in private practice, in-house legal departments and The Bar. Since then The Lawyer has become a multi-faceted global print and digital brand with numerous events every year, winning multiple awards for its content. The Lawyer brand is recognised for its forward-looking editorial, senior audience and market-leading data products, and we are delighted to be the PPA’s Business Information Product of the Year 2020. The Lawyer offers excellent hands-on training, one-to-one development and a superb career opportunity in business journalism.

How You’ll Help Us Grow…

The reporter will be responsible for writing exclusive news stories and commentary on City law firms, and on the wider UK and global legal industry. They will work closely with the wider editorial team and the research and data team, and must develop a strong understanding of the trends in the global commercial legal sector.

The role would suit a talented reporter with a persuasive phone manner able to source and turn around multiple off-diary stories per day and create stylish, nuanced analysis. It will also involve cultivating industry contacts, working to daily, weekly and monthly deadlines and representing The Lawyer at industry events.  Knowledge of professional services or related sectors is an advantage.

A Day In The Life Of…

  • You’ll break exclusive stories on on the activities of the biggest law firms in the City
  • You’ll break exclusive stories on high-stakes litigation in the London courts and the wider UK and global legal industry
  • You’ll investigate exclusive angles on The Lawyer’s proprietary research and other data sources
  • You’ll be a stickler for accuracy
  • You’ll assist the wider team by contributing short-form insight for The Lawyer Horizon, a daily analysis feed
  • You’ll be proactive and have no problem turning copy round fast and meeting deadlines
  • You’ll be a natural at building relationships and confident when interviewing industry contacts
  • You’ll generate ideas, both news and long-form
  • You’ll be able to analyse data and work with the reporting and research teams to create stories and insight
  • You’ll work with The Lawyer’s wider team on events-based content where relevant
  • You’ll be a natural at networking by building up contacts and maintaining existing relationships. As well as sourcing contacts that are unknown/unused by rivals in the market.
  • You’ll be proactive in building contacts with lawyers
  • You’ll assist the senior team to understand the market and be happy working collaboratively and sharing information
  • You’ll keep the editors up to date by communicating ideas and progress

What We Need You To Have… 

  • You’ll have a clear, elegant, authoritative writing style that needs minimal editing
  • Absolute accuracy in both news and trends stories
  • Ability to produce nuanced, stylish copy within deadline.
  • Intermediate numeracy skills in order to analyse data
  • Strong familiarity with Excel
  • The ability to manage competing deadlines
  • Willingness to learn and read around the topic
  • Strong news sense
  • An understanding of ethics and confidentiality
  • A knowledge of the legal industry would be desirable but is not essential

Our teams will say you’re

  • Confident when communicating both internally and externally
  • Collaborative with your colleagues
  • Hugely energetic
  • Full of ideas and always sharing your knowledge
  • A stickler for detail
  • Super-organised and are always one step ahead