Professional Support Lawyer – News (£80-100k per annum and flexible working)

Location
London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Competitive
Posted
11 Feb 2021
Closes
28 Feb 2021
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Experience Level
Mid Level

Professional Support Lawyer – News (£80-100k per annum and flexible working)

Exciting PSL role in online corporate intelligence company

FromCounsel, a leading online corporate legal intelligence service for law firms and in-house lawyers, is looking for a solicitor to join its News Team as a Professional Support Lawyer.

Developed by leading barristers from Erskine Chambers and a team of experienced corporate professional support lawyers from City law firms, FromCounsel provides a wealth of practical, in-depth, ready-made answers to the crucial questions facing practitioners in their day-to-day work. Our aim is to make our legal content more comprehensive, more insightful, more accessible, more searchable and more sharable than anyone else in the market. With well over 100 subscribers including leading law firms (from the magic circle to regional teams) and in-house legal functions, we are expanding our Corporate Law service into other areas and products.

The opportunity

This is a unique opportunity to join the News Team of this dynamic online company. Through its prominent position on the FromCounsel Homepage, the News service acts as the gateway to the FromCounsel site and provides high quality, real-time analysis of legal developments relevant to our subscribers. This role is an exciting opportunity to be part of an innovative team and to contribute to the ongoing development of our News service and FromCounsel generally.

Alongside strong legal experience, a demonstrable aptitude for writing high quality legal copy in an engaging and accessible way, and a genuine interest in communicating legal developments to other lawyers, is essential.

Job description

Working as part of a team and reporting to the Head of News, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the News service. This is a fast-paced, varied and interesting role providing the opportunity to work with a talented team of expert PSLs and counsel in leading Chambers, with significant scope to input into the development of the service and its interaction with other content streams.

The role is open to both existing PSLs and fee-earners looking to move to their first PSL role. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years PQE and broad experience within the corporate or company/commercial team of a UK law firm. Candidates should be focused, efficient and confident in working individually to deadlines. At the same time, they should enjoy working as part of a team, collaborating with other PSLs and barristers to ensure content meets FromCounsel’s premium standards.

Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of News:

  • researching and reviewing sources to identify and assess matters of relevance to subscribers;
  • writing accurate and engaging features on legal developments in areas covered by the News service;
  • refreshing the newspaper-style FromCounsel Homepage on a daily basis, publishing features and images consistent with the Homepage style;    
  • identifying, reviewing and writing key point summaries of relevant judgments in close liaison with individual barristers and PSLs;
  • co-ordinating with the PSL and barrister teams to ensure FromCounsel’s content reflects new legal developments;
  • overseeing production of monthly publications in collaboration with the PSL and editorial teams and inputting into other projects relevant to the News service as required;
  • working with the PSL and editorial teams to manage and maintain FromCounsel’s Legislation service;
  • inputting into a dynamic product both in terms of content and its delivery to subscribers;
  • liaising with our Development Team on technical improvements to the News and Legislation services; and
  • contributing to board reports and updates on the News and Legislation services.

Key requirements

  • Flexibility to work in a dynamic and fast-moving environment and to react quickly to developments
  • The desire to learn new aspects of wider subject matter relevant to the FromCounsel product and an ability to pick up new concepts quickly
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including an ability to work effectively as part of the News team and across other teams as required
  • Ability to contribute to, and where appropriate take responsibility for, projects relevant to the development of the News service
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • A keen interest in contributing to an innovative product and delivering an exceptional, market-leading service

This is a full-time role based at our central London office with flexibility to work from home as appropriate to the needs of the News Team. Part-time applicants will be considered. Salary is dependent on experience and will be in line with PSL private practice salaries.

If you are interested in finding out more about, or in applying for, this exciting opportunity, please send a CV and covering letter to jobs@fromcounsel.com, quoting reference ‘FC PSL - NEWS’.

Applications should be submitted by 28 February 2021.

FromCounsel is an equal opportunities employer.

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