Legal Week, Editor-in-Chief

ALM Media
London (Central)
23 Jul 2018
23 Aug 2018
Job Type
Full Time


Legal Week is a vibrant, fast-moving daily news operation covering the business of law firms and corporate legal departments for a high-level, engaged audience.

It provides breaking news and deep analysis into how the UK's largest law firms and corporate legal departments are functioning as businesses, how they intersect with politics and government affairs, the type of work they are handling and the strategies they are employing.

The team is a mix of more senior and junior journalism professionals with a deep understanding of the legal industry who are competitive externally while working very closely internally.

They have a hunger to break news as well as offer the deeper insights into what it all means for our readers. The team is also a major part of ALM's global newsroom, with more than 100 journalists working every day to cover these topics and more and collaborate on bigger projects.

The EIC is a major part of the company's broader global coverage goals, working closely with our top-of-the-line editorial, business, intelligence and events teams to produce content our readers must have. The EIC will also work closely with Legal Week’s successful events and research arms, acting as a brand ambassador at events, awards shows and conferences.

Legal Week’s EIC will play a key role in liaising with the US, working closely with the editorial team over there to create unrivalled content for global firms. The EIC will also play a key role helping craft and implement ALM’s strategy to improve audience engagement, expand global coverage and achieve aggressive growth of’s subscriptions.

The EIC will be the public face of Legal Week, participating in speaking engagements and events and spending a significant portion of their time meeting with industry leaders to develop a deep sense of what is happening in the market.

They will bring this knowledge back to the reporting team through story ideas that go beyond just the breaking news. The EIC will work with the managing editor and deputy news editor to edit and publish stories and help the reporters’ development.


  • Ensure the smooth running of the editorial team and offer assistance and guidance to the managing editor as required.
  • Take a broad ambassadorial role for Legal Week, including fronting events, representing the title externally and internally within ALM.
  • Liaise with the US editorial team on transatlantic news/feature ideas
  • Maintain an excellent working knowledge of the professional information needs of UK legal profession and help to ensure that all editorial output meets these needs.
  • Take a strong lead in building, monitoring and managing Legal Week’s senior editorial contacts, both directly and via the news team.
  • Come up with ideas for features, analysis and opinion piece, commissioning these from reporters, freelancers or legal professionals, as required
  • Edit and copy edit features and analysis to a high standard
  • Write articles and opinion pieces
  • Work with Legal Week’s events business to help them create market-leading events
  • Judging awards
  • Coming up with research ideas and working alongside ALM’s intelligence arms on data-driven journalism
  • Manage, appraise and train the managing editor


  • A good degree or equivalent, ideally with a vocational qualification in journalism
  • Excellent knowledge of the legal services market and broader environment of the city and business
  • Experience at a senior level in an online team working to tight real-time deadlines
  • Substantial editorial experience
  • Substantial experience of line-managing editorial staff
  • Experience of juggling a variety of roles, and the ability to adapt at short notice
  • The confidence to represent the brand externally when required
  • Excellent work ethic, a commitment to high standards, good accuracy and professional integrity.
  • At least five years’ editorial experience, including at least three years of legal or business reporting experience.

Key Competencies:

  • Editorial skills; A thorough knowledge of creating news, analysis, features, commentary and editing. Legal Week is based on off-diary, contact-driven journalism. The editor must be have excellent skills at building and managing senior contacts and helping less experienced editorial staff to develop those skills. Must have experience working in an online, breaking news environment
  • Communication skills; the role requires effective use of both oral and written communication, negotiation, telephone and effective listening skills
  • Interpersonal skills; the editor must be capable of leading a team to meet deadlines, to work effectively with non-editorial staff, to be proactive, goal-oriented and be able to use their own initiative
  • Organisational skills; the editor must be a motivated and quick learner who is able to multitask and prioritise a busy workload. Candidates must also be punctual and reliable
  • Technology skills; Familiarity with content management systems is vital
  • Presentational skills: Familiarity with hosting face-to-face events such as roundtables or web seminars, public speaking and broadcast interviews

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