Pinsent Masons
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Role Overview

We have a fantastic opportunity for a part-time journalist for Out-Law, our legal and business news service, to join our team based in Glasgow one day per week.

This role is a crucial one in maintaining and developing our market-leading content operation which helps Pinsent Masons stay front-of-mind with clients and prospective clients.

We are seeking a journalist who can generate a steady stream of news, analysis and guide pieces for the website. This will include creating original content based on suggestions from lawyer colleagues and generating news on own initiative which is relevant to our clients and fits with our strategy.

Out-Law carries up-to-the-minute business news, insight and plain English guidance, giving practical tips on business law. The service is a past winner of the internet’s most prestigious award, a Webby, for best law website and is one of the most heavily used legal websites in the world. Last year, the site had over 3.8 million users.

The role can be based in any of our UK offices and can be done from home, but involves working closely via phone, email and video calls with colleagues around the world. Though the medium is English language this role covers all our locations. Occasional travel may be required.

Responsibilities include:

  • sourcing and delivering four pieces of original Out-Law content (news, analysis and guides) per day for publication onto
  • liaising with lawyers for comments
  • acting as an ambassador for the firm’s approach to publishing
  • working closely with the Out-Law editor and ensuring editorial activity is aligned to the firm's broader content, editorial and commercial strategies
  • optimising all content to ensure the taxonomy/tagging is applied fully to all content, thereby ensuring it is 'surfaced' on all relevant areas of the site
  • optimising all content for SEO purposes
  • supporting the firm's approach to e-mail marketing
  • supporting the firm's PR team in maintaining a presence across social media channels.

Candidate Overview

Our ideal candidate will have previous reporting or journalist experience or similar. We would be keen to hear from candidates who might not have legal or professional services experience but who would have an interest in developing their skills in this area. 

  • Some digital publishing experience
  • Experience working in a fast-paced publishing environment such as a national news outlet or trade magazine is preferable
  • Fluency in French, German, Spanish or Chinese would be beneficial
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good time management and organisational skills with acute attention to detail.
  • Meticulous eye for detail and accuracy
  • Good IT skills – knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required.

Our Benefits

  • Join a global, innovative and forward thinking firm;
  • Agile working i.e. the opportunity to work from home, subject to diary commitments;
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement and the opportunity to purchase or roll over 5 days;
  • Up to 5 days' carers/parental leave per year;
  • Contributory pension of up to 5%;
  • Private healthcare;
  • Death in service cover (4 x base salary);
  • Eligibility to apply for an interest free season ticket loan, an interest free gym membership loan and/or an interest free rental deposit loan;
  • Cycle to work scheme;
  • Access to training and development to refresh or enhance your current skillset.

For any queries or for a copy of the full job description then please contact our in-house recruiter Glenn Wilshaw. Please note we only accept CVs that are logged on the Recruitment portal.

About our culture:
Champion change, promote progress and enable everyone, to make business work better for people.

Our purpose informs everything we do. In combination with our code and values it gives us a clear direction for how we can make business work better for people for you, our colleagues, our clients and the wider community.

How flexible working works with us:
As part of the firm's HR strategy we are committed to being supportive about flexible working patterns and consider it important that we allow all individuals the opportunity to take advantage of flexible working should they wish to and if the firm can accommodate it. At application stage our recruitment team are happy to discuss what flexibility is required and will always have open and honest conversations with the hiring team to agree what works for you and the business.
We are a truly agile firm and believe work is something we do and not somewhere we go. Agile workers may work from any location – including but not necessarily from home. They may also break up their working day to enable them to take time out for caring, family or other interests and responsibilities, before completing their work outside traditional, 'core' office hours.
In 2021 we introduced a Carers Policy to help support individuals in the business with significant caring responsibilities, allowing up to five days paid carers leave per year on top of the standard holiday allowance.

How we support parents:
- Flexible working policy
- Agile working policy
- Carers Leave policy
- At senior support level, you are entitled to private healthcare for you and your immediate family
- Employee Assistance Programme provides lots of useful information on looking after your health and wellbeing of you and your family
- Access to a savings platform to get discounts and offers from some of the UK's most popular retailers and attractions.
- Family Matters support network
- Maternity/ Paternity leave
- Global Family Leave (new in 2022) offering new parents – whether expecting or adopting – 16 weeks of paid leave up to the child’s first birthday, for parents of any gender, regardless of where you are based.

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