Editor - Court Reporter

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Position Title: Law Reporter, Legal Editor

Position Type: Permanent

Role Purpose/ Summary:

Reporting to an Editorial Team Manager, the role primarily involves regular court attendance, selecting key cases according to defined criteria and writing digests of those judgments, ensuring the ratio and obiter are concise and clear. Checking and proofing digests written by others is also a key component of the role. The work is subject to tight deadlines (including same day reporting) for loading digests and full text to Thomson Reuters online services.

Major Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

Any or all of the following duties, based on qualification and needs of the cases team:

  • Attend court hearings regularly, write contemporaneous notes of oral judgments and write a report of the judgment in agreed house style for loading on the same day to online services.
  • Write digests of transcripts of cases either handed down in court or received from other sources in agreed house style to specified deadlines, with correct legal analysis and clear writing style, applying SMG Taxonomy
  • Proof digests written by colleagues or freelancers in agreed house style
  • Select cases for reporting and prioritisation according to defined reporting criteria
  • Provide feedback and training for other members of the team as required
  • Provide cover for other members of the team as required
  • Provide editorial support for the publication of case products as required
  • Achieve the required level of self-management of priorities and workload

Essential Skills and Experience:

  • Law degree or GDL essential
  • Keep abreast of legal developments
  • Broad based legal skills and knowledge
  • Ability to clearly and concisely analyse and interpret key issues and legal concepts and present them in a logical fashion
  • Good analytical writing style, excellent grammar, spelling and general editorial skills
  • Structured reporting skills
  • Strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of customer requirements and ability to balance those requirements with the needs of the business
  • Able to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure of tight deadlines
  • Able to work on own initiative in a team environment
  • IT literate

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • BPTC/LPC preferred
  • Experience in practise/paralegal role and or a Publishing /Editorial position

NB: Flexible working options will be considered as part of this application. E.g. Job shares

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