We are a distinctive London-based law firm, focused on our clients and on delivering excellence in the international legal market.
We are large enough to advise on the most complex matters and our lawyers work for big brand clients on challenging transactions. We are also small enough to be able to give you greater responsibility in close-knit teams. The size of the firm and its culture means that everyone knows each other and people are approachable and supportive.
We are a firm which relies on the quality of its people and their experience; this is what distinguishes us from our larger competitors and enhances our reputation for solving our clients' most complex legal issues.
Our focus is to foster an inclusive culture throughout the firm, from entry level to partnership. It is about recruiting, retaining and promoting all staff in the firm fairly, and we strive to ensure that everyone has the same chance to develop and advance. An inclusive, forward-thinking culture also enables us to provide innovative solutions to our clients, whether they are internal or external.
The role is equally split between external and internal communication and key areas of work will include:
- working with the business to draft press releases and pitching these to journalists;
- assisting with industry award submissions and attendances;
- supporting our PR strategy through research, media monitoring, maintaining a journalist database and other elements of media relations;
- taking an active role in developing the firm’s social media presence; and
- drafting and proofing materials for external channels such as the firm’s website.
- working with the senior internal communications manager to help internal clients communicate effectively within the firm. This includes helping them to define their messages, putting together internal communication plans and ensuring successful delivery of these plans;
- taking an active role in managing the communications aspect of the intranet (Macsnet) homepage;
- supporting other internal communication channels such as the firmwide newsletters and eBoards; and
- delivering elements of communication campaigns related to key business priorities, for example clients, our people agenda, innovation etc.
Other duties include providing administrative support to both managers.
The ideal candidate will have:
- previous experience as a communications assistant or executive within a corporate environment (ideally the candidate would have at least three years' experience);
- external communication experience is essential and experience of internal communication is desirable. The right candidate will be able to illustrate their enthusiasm for both external and internal communication;
- strong attention to detail and accuracy;
- excellent written and oral communication skills;
- effective interpersonal skills;
- keen to work as part of a team whilst also possessing the ability to work independently;
- ability to plan and work on several projects at any one time;
- an organised, meticulous and methodical approach to work;
- able to work under pressure and to tight deadlines; and
- Microsoft Office, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives and firm’s policy.
Core hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm, but flexibility is required, including attendance at internal and external events. Overtime is available for any extra hours spent helping at events.
Our commitment to inclusion
At Macfarlanes we understand the importance of an inclusive culture, the continued development of which has been identified as one of our key priorities. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, different perspectives and experiences make Macfarlanes an exciting and stimulating place to work. We seek to recruit the best candidates, regardless of gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, physical abilities, sexual orientation or any other characteristic.