I am a freelance legal journalist, researcher and copywriter, based in London, England. I hold two law degrees, and am currently studying for a part-time doctorate in law firm strategy and regulation.
I specialise in writing about the UK, EU and US legal markets. I mainly write about the management and strategies of law firms and in-house legal departments, but can also cover technical legal issues if required.
Besides conventional legal journalism, I also handle legal PR and corporate report work. This work includes drafting lawyer biographies, and also writing and editing press releases and in-depth research reports.
In recent years, I’ve provided writing, editing and blogging services for LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell on a freelance basis. I’ve mainly worked on in-depth research reports, covering topics as diverse as law firms’ use of social media to why corporate counsel select and retain specific legal practices.
On several occasions, I’ve provided freelance support for contract publishers and PR companies who required specialist copywriting expertise.
Between 2008 and 2012, I wrote for the CMS group of law firms, working in association with Wardour, a London-based communications agency. More recently, I’ve written content for the LawNet legal network, working alongside Prima PR & Marketing. Other communications clients have included WordWorks and Coast Communications / the PSMG.
Finally, I’ve also worked on projects with a strong academic flavour. In the last couple of years, I've carried out research for the UK’s Legal Services Board, a consortium of universities and the Office of Fair Trading.
Job Title: Senior writer / project manager
Company: The European Lawyer Ltd
Dates: December 2000 to March 2007
My duties at the European Lawyer Ltd included:
Producing the European Lawyer"s Handbook of Independent Law Firms. Besides dealing with 100+ law firms, this project required me to manage several external contractors simultaneously;
Project-managing the delivery of a financial performance survey of major European law firms. This was a joint-venture project between the European Lawyer magazine, accountants BDO Stoy Hayward and LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell;
Writing features for the European Lawyer magazine relating to the management and regulation of law firms throughout Europe;
Producing surveys and other statistical data benchmarking the changing face of the European legal profession. For example, I created a database which analysed trends in the European headcounts of AMLaw 100 law firms over several years.
Job Title: Assistant editor
Company: Hemscott PLC
Dates: March 1999 to November 2000
My duties at Hemscottlegal.com included:
Liaising with departmental managers to devise the site"s purpose;
Negotiating the allocation of resources with board-level directors to develop the site;
Co-coordinating the delivery of the site across four departments.
Job Title: Freelance media consultant
Company: Nabarro Nathanson
Dates: September 1998 to February 1999
My duties at Nabarro Nathanson included:
Suggesting, researching and drafting articles and press releases on behalf of heads of department and other partners;
Pitching lawyers to the TV and national press as possible commentators on topical legal issues;
Preparing submissions for magazines" awards, tables and statistics.
Job Title: Legal journalist / researcher
Company: Chambers Publishing
Dates: September 1996 to August 1998
My duties at Chambers Publishing included:
Writing articles about lawyers" roles in innovative and high-profile transactions for Commercial Lawyer magazine;
Writing legally-based articles on topical legal issues for Corporate Counsel magazine;
Researching and writing editorial copy for the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.