Paralegal Assistant and Commissioning Editor London 2024

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LexisNexis, a part of RELX, is a leading global provider of legal, regulatory, and business information. We help customers increase productivity and improve decision-making and outcomes. Our 10,500 experts and innovative tools help us shape a better world for our customers and communities.

The role

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a talented paralegal to join the LexisPSL Hub to help contribute towards the future development of LexisPSL, LexisLibrary and Lexis+UK, LexisNexis UK's online practical guidance and research product for lawyers and legal professionals.

This is a fixed term contact split role which will have a particular emphasis on the following Practice Areas: Public Law, Brexit, Local Government, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Corporate Crime and Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence. The commissioning facet to this bespoke role will focus on case analysis commissioning across all practice areas.

There are four main components of the LexisNexis offering which this role will contribute to: 

  • Practical Guidance content—our Practical Guidance product provides legal practical guidance and market insight which a busy front-line practitioner can read and digest quickly and easily. It is presented in a range of different content types including Practice Notes, precedents, checklists, and flowcharts. 
  • Current awareness service—via our current awareness service, we provide legal updates and analysis to our core online products, LexisLibrary, LexisPSL and Lexis+ UK. We cover legal and regulatory stories and provide insight into how they could impact lawyers and their clients. Information is published online and sent to customers via a range of different email alerts. 
  • LexisAsk service—via LexisAsk, Practical Guidance customers can submit queries in relation to any of the 36 Practice Areas. In supporting this service, you will be expected to carry out legal research, draft answers to LexisAsk questions and contribute to the smooth running of the service. 
  • Case analysis commissioning—we work with external authors to commission case commentary pieces focusing on key legal judgments and their implications for practitioners. These are short pieces presented in a Q&A format, published alongside our Practical Guidance content .

Working closely with the LexisPSL teams and the external commissioning team to commission and draft practical guidance.  

This work will include

  • Reviewing new and existing content for quality and legal accuracy
  • Monitoring of developments and inputting information to maintain trackers of consultations, cases and dates
  • Drafting practical guidance content (eg practice notes, precedents, trackers, checklists, news and Q&As)
  • Collaborating with external authors regarding externally written content
  • Arranging and taking notes at Consulting Editorial Board and other meetings and liaising with CEB members and authors
  • Having input into the development of technical solutions with our product teams, to ensure that we are delivering guidance research, current awareness and LexisAsk in the most efficient way possible
  • Assisting with projects to improve functionality of LexisNexis online materials
  • Conducting testing of the online platform and assist in amending online legal content
  • Participating in internal feedback activities regarding functionality of the online platform
  • Supporting work on feature development for the online legal platform

LexisAsk 

Helping to respond to LexisAsk queries by: 

  • conducting legal research and liaising with subject matter experts within the LexisPSL practice area teams, and/or 
  • drafting replies to queries from customers within a specified response time 
  • compiling a bank of ’Q&A’ style documents across our suite of LexisPSL content, adhering to the defined style guidelines. ’Q&As’ are designed to share answers to previously asked customer questions, as well as provide brief advice on topical queries. 
  • working on initiatives and process in particular to help develop the smooth running of the service in order to increase efficiency in both the delivery of ‘live’ LexisAsk answers and ‘Q&A’ content. 

Current awareness 

Helping to deliver our current awareness offering by: 

  • ensuring all news items are written to a high standard and edited and checked for accuracy, grammar, punctuation, clarity, flow, style, and news value 
  • applying taxonomy to news items consistently and accurately 
  • checking and proofing of content before publication, addressing and resolving publishing issues and making recommendations for process improvements 
  • supporting the development and implementation of initiatives to grow and improve the current awareness offering of LexisNexis 

Case analysis commissioning

Helping to commission and deliver case analysis content by:

  • working alongside the commissioning team to manage the end to end commissioning process from ‘request for content’ through to publication
  • conducting comprehensive research to find appropriate authors according to practice area and relevant topics
  • building and maintaining strong relationships with our existing panels of expert contributors to ensure timely delivery of high quality case analysis content
  • continually looking for improvements to existing commissioning processes to increase efficiency
  • this work spans all practice areas covered by Lexis+ UK

Key Skills Required

  • Law degree/GDL/LPC/BTC 
  • Excellent academic qualifications and legal research and writing skills 
  • Passionate about a career in the practice areas mentioned above 
  • Good understanding of legal issues, procedures, and content types 
  • Experience working in a legal environment, e.g. private practice/in-house or at the Bar (desirable) 
  • Clear succinct writing style and ability to adapt to LexisNexis house style 
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills 
  • Understanding of, and willingness to use, social media and new technology 

Work in a way that works for you

We promote a healthy work/life balance across the organisation. We offer an appealing working prospect for our people. With numerous wellbeing initiatives, shared parental leave, study assistance and sabbaticals, we will help you meet your immediate responsibilities and your long-term goals.

Benefits

We know that your wellbeing and happiness are key to a long and successful career. These are some of the benefits we are delighted to offer:

  • Generous holiday allowance with the option to buy additional days
  • Health screening, eye care vouchers and private medical benefits
  • Wellbeing programs
  • Life assurance
  • Access to a competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Save As You Earn share option scheme
  • Travel Season ticket loan
  • Electric Vehicle Scheme
  • Optional Dental Insurance
  • Maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Access to emergency care for both the elderly and children
  • RECARES days, giving you time to support the charities and causes that matter to you
  • Access to employee resource groups with dedicated time to volunteer
  • Access to extensive learning and development resources
  • Access to employee discounts scheme via Perks at Work

About the Business

LexisNexis Legal & Professional® provides legal, regulatory, and business information and analytics that help customers increase their productivity, improve decision-making, achieve better outcomes, and advance the rule of law around the world. As a digital pioneer, the company was the first to bring legal and business information online with its Lexis® and Nexis® services.

DEADLINE 6th March 2024