Freelance PR Manager

Harper James Solicitors
Manchester, UK
09 Oct 2019
03 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
We have experienced consistent and significant year on year growth since we started five years ago. We are now a team of more than 50 people and will support almost 1,000 clients this financial year. However, notwithstanding our growth so far, we are more ambitious than we have ever been.

To facilitate and support our ambitious plans, we are looking for a PR manager to join our team working on a freelance and flexible basis from home (2-3 days per week).

In return we promise to provide an environment and an opportunity that is radically different to the norm.

About Harper James

Harper James is proud to be a modern and pioneering full-service national commercial law firm, with a unique business model and an innovative way of working.

We are at the forefront of innovation in the legal services sector, having adopted a unique model that allows us to provide a flexible and easily accessible legal service to our clients (which range from innovative VC backed start-ups to huge multinationals).

What does the ideal candidate look like?

We're looking for a commercially focussed person who already has, or can build, solid relationships with journalists, bloggers, influencers and analysts in the legal, business and start-up sectors.

Your previous experience is likely to have been gained in legal or professional services either in-house or with an agency background.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop key media relationships with journalists, Tier 1 & 2 legal, technology and business media.
  • Drafting press releases.
  • Coordinating public relations activities for the firm.
  • Develop a marketing communications plan including strategy, key messages, goals, budget and tactics, which seeks high-level placements in relevant print, broadcast and online media. The plan should include measures for monitoring the success of any such campaign.
  • Seek out news stories from around the business and proactively look for feature and article opportunities within target publications.
  • Work with the wider Marketing team on campaigns that combine PR, advertising, events, design, digital and client communications elements. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to work directly with partners to deliver high quality PR activity designed to promote and reinforce the firm's reputation.
  • Communicating news to remote colleagues and clients.
  • Analysing and reporting on the firm's media activity. You need to be able to keep track of industry trends, competitor activities and the wider business news agenda to ensure the firm has a relevant voice on the issues that matter to the firm and their clients.

Desired Skills and Experience
  • Experience of working with a law firm is desirable but can include candidates who have worked for a PR consultancy with clients in the legal sector.
  • Confidence to deal with fee earners and partners, interpret their requirements and manage their expectations.
  • Proven track record designing and executing successful public relations campaigns at both a local and national level.
  • Strong relationships with both local and national business and industry media outlets.
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Good business acumen and an inquisitive commercially focused innovative mindset.
  • Drive and enthusiasm.

  • The opportunity for you to evolve your career with a growing company leading innovation in the legal service sector.
  • This role comes with a competitive hourly rate and a consistent pipeline of work
  • Flexible hours 2-3 days per week.

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