Lawyer, Editorial – News UK (London)

The Team:  The Sun is Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper and largest mobile news brand with a talented, diverse team who publish the best news, sport, showbiz and lifestyle coverage in the business across print and digital.  The Sun legal team is seeking an editorial lawyer to work in its editorial legal team advising The Sun, the Sun on Sunday and Sun Online. In addition, you will assist as an editorial lawyer across NewsUK’s broadcast titles.

Your Role:

As an NGN Editorial Lawyer you will:

  • Provide expert advice for The Sun, Sun on Sunday and Sun online ensuring your advice complies with all current legislation, regulations and best practice.
  • Provide editorial legal advice to News Broadcasting titles.
  • You will be responsible for exercising sound professional judgement in providing advice to editors and journalists pre and post publication in a fast-paced environment.
  • You will be working with the legal team to identify and discuss significant issues, reporting to the head of department.

What we’re looking for from you:

  • You will ideally be a solicitor or barrister with post qualification experience in media law or litigation
  • Experience advising on pre- publication issues, including libel, privacy, contempt, copyright, Data Protection and reporting restrictions and managing complaints and post- publication matters preferred but not essential
  • You have a strong interest in free speech issues, public interest, and investigative journalism
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to clearly explain and present problems/ issues to others and contribute to their resolution
  • You are able to interact positively at all levels as part of a legal department, reporting to the head of department
  • You are able to work well unsupervised, demonstrating initiative and the ability to be proactive, while also being able to follow instructions and provide support to legal team and head of department
  • You will carry out all responsibilities in a way which supports the company’s values and promotes its high ethical standards and its equal opportunities and diversity principles.

We are The Sun: The Sun is the most popular newsbrand in the UK, reaching 38.2 million people a month across digital and print.  The Sun is at the heart of the nation’s conversation, blending serious investigations, agenda-setting campaigns, political scoops and celebrity gossip. More than a newspaper.  The Sun is an instigator, an entertainer, a cultural reference point, a finger on the pulse, a daily relationship. We have a talented, diverse team who publish the best coverage of news, sport, lifestyle and showbiz in print and digital.

Life at News: At News UK we believe our people are our heartbeat – they are the driving force behind our brands and we want the ways we work to enable people to thrive.  Some of us work flexibly, in many different ways. We encourage you to talk to us about the flexibility you would like. We can’t promise to offer exactly what you want, but do provide multiple flexible working options.  Many of us work in a hybrid way between one of the News UK & Ireland offices and remotely.

We champion diversity and inclusion, we strive to maximise and encourage every individual’s potential and ensure everyone feels valued. We support this through our Diversity Board, D&I  strategy & training, creating more diverse content and our intern and apprenticeship programmes.  We also have 8 employee-led networks; Cultural Diversity, News is Out, GenZ, Sustainability Champions, News for Parents, Women in Tech, News UK Christian Fellowship and we are awaiting the launch of our Women’s Steering Group.

We take pride in looking after our amazing talent at News UK supporting the Health and Wellbeing of our staff. We offer private medical insurance covering pre-existing conditions, discounted gym memberships, ClassPass at Home, weekly virtual HIIT, yoga and run club classes, and a ‘Bikes for Work’ scheme, as well as offering opportunities for physio/massage, counselling and legal support.

In addition we also offer:
  • A generous pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 5%;
  • 25 days holiday and up to 4 volunteering days per year;
  • Maternity leave up to 18 weeks full basic salary & paternity leave up to 2 weeks;
  • Wide range of training available, plus full LinkedIn Learning access.


We want to ensure that everyone we meet has the opportunity to perform to their best when interviewing, so feel free to let us know, at any stage, whether you require any reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process, and we will do our best to accommodate.

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