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James Baxter

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Full name James Baxter
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Legal Business and finance PR and communications Entertainment/Lifestyle

Editorial work News writing, Features writing
Last updated 28-09-2011 18:09


2006-2010: Editor, Legal Business magazine
My role involved writing, commissioning and editing features, news, leader articles, surveys and being in charge of the editorial direction of the magazine. I managed a team of 8 journalists and liased daily with our production, sales, subscription and art direction departments. A bulging contact book was essential and the global nature of the magazine meant I travelled extensively particularly to New York and within Continental Europe where we had a significant readership amongst the top business law firms. My editorship of LB magazine marked one of the most editorially and commercial successful periods since its inception in 1990. The magazine won numerous Tabbie awards (2006,2007,2008); the Bar Council reporting award (2009) and was highly commended at The Guardian and Private Eye Paul Foot awards for a series of investigative LB articles in 2008. The same year I was short-listed for editor of the year in the highly prestigious British society of Magazine Editors awards. Commercially, the magazine had many of its highest grossing issues during my editorship, growing revenue by over 20% during the second year of my tenure. I also developed a significant external profile being regularly quoted in the national and international press (including the FT, The Times and The Daily Telegraph), chairing panel discussions and being interviewed by broadcast media about LB’s numerous scoops and investigative features.
2005-2006: Associate Editor, Legal Business magazine
2004-2005: City editor, Legal Business magazine

2003-2004: City editor, Legal Week magazine
A fast-paced role that included breaking exclusive new stories on a daily basis, and contributing in-depth features and leaders. I was also heavily involved in editing and commissioning copy from other reporters. A high-quality contacts book was essential as was an ability to hit tough daily deadlines for both the print and on-line editions of the magazine.
2002-2003: Senior reporter, Legal Week magazine
2001-2002: Reporter, Legal Week magazine

2000-2001: Reporter, Law.com
The role involved writing news, features and investigative pieces for the London bureau of the US-based business web-site.

1999-2000: Researcher, Chambers and Partners
Researched and wrote numerous chapters for the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession; Chambers Global (launch edition) and Chambers Students Guide. I also contributed to Commercial Lawyer magazine.
Observer newspapers.

1995-1997: Shoosmiths LLP
Fee-earner in the financial institutions department advising on debt recovery litigation on behalf of key firm client NatWest Bank.

1990-1993: London School of Economics, Law LLB
1988-1990: Tresham College, Kettering, Northants
A’Levels: English Literature A, Sociology A, Psychology B
1983-1988: Montagu School, Kettering, Northants
8 GCSE’s (A-C)

Freelance work
I have contributed to numerous national and consumer titles including Esquire, The Guardian, The Times, Associated Newspapers, Urban Junkies, Midas and Lounge magazines.

Enjoy playing and watching a variety of sports including football, tennis, squash, golf, and snowboarding. I have a keen interest in film, live music, and modern literature and am an avid reader of business and consumer magazines, quality newspapers and travel journalism.

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