Media Relations Manager

Location: London
Salary: Market Rate
Salary band: £50k - £69k
Contract type: Permanent
Date posted: 22 February 2018

A leading US law firm is looking for an experienced Media Relations Manager to join the team on a permanent basis. This role will be reporting into the Head of Communications.

The Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain good relationships with business and legal journalists from key national and pan-European publications read by the firm’s client base (e.g. FT, WSJ Europe).
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with journalists from the legal press.
  • Work with internal stakeholders and possibly outside advisors on incident response plans and preparedness for “crisis communications” situations and handle issues, both local and firmwide
  • Draft press releases (and Q&A) and obtain relevant internal approvals within tight timescales to ensure maximum chance of coverage. Draft complementary client and internal communications. Project manage releases to suit local market.
  • Work closely with New York media team and share information.
  • Anticipate and manage potential negative coverage or sensitive issues (together with other team members).
  • Monitor internal deal information to allow the preparation of appropriate external releases on deals.
  • Work with partners to identify topics on which partners can comment, and organise interviews/phone calls as necessary.
  • Facilitate the placement of articles drafted by partners and lawyers.
  • Answer journalist queries promptly
  • Consider implications of press coverage (together with other team members) and if necessary draft relevant internal communication

The Candidate:

  • Degree educated or equivalent
  • Previous professional services experience
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience

Please note: Due to the specific sectors we work in, only candidates with valid work experience in a Law Firm, Accountancy Firm, Management Consultancy, Property/Construction Firm, Financial Services Firm or a high profile relevant Association or Agency will be considered. We regret that our clients will not accept applications outside of these areas.

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