Silk Family Law

Seeks Consultant Communications Director

Specialist family law firm Silk Family Law, consistently rated top tier by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK, is looking to recruit a talented and strategic consultant communications director to replace its current consultant who is retiring.

Applicants must have experience of working in a marketing or communications role with a law firm.

The freelance/consultancy role is expected to require around 6 – 8 days input a month from the successful candidate. With offices in Newcastle, North Yorkshire (near Scotch Corner) and Leeds the consultant communications director could be based anywhere in the North/North East.  However s/he will be expected to attend meetings and events at regional offices.

More information, including a breakdown of the role, is below and information on the firm is available on our website

Credentials and CVs should be send to

Note:  No recruitment agencies please.

Silk Family Law

Consultant Communication Director opportunity

Specialist family law firm Silk Family Law, consistently rated top tier by both Legal 500 and Chambers UK, is looking to recruit a talented and strategic Consultant Communications Director to replace its current consultant who is retiring.  The firm has offices in Newcastle city centre; North Yorkshire (near Scotch Corner) and recently opened a third office in Leeds.

This is a freelance consultancy role of around 6 – 8 days per month and applicants musthave experience of working in a marketing or communications role with a law firm.

For the right person this is an outstanding opportunity to join a leading family law firm in a key role as they expand their footprint.

The role

  • To advise Silk Family Law’s partners on communication and marketing strategy aligned to the firm’s business plans and key audiences
  • To implement this strategy and set measurable goals to assess success of strategy and associated tactical activities
  • To suggest, devise and implement tactical communication and marketing activities that support the strategy.

Key activities include: 

  • Website – take overall ownership of the website, including:
    • Update content including news section
    • Oversee blogs from fee earners (experience of working with lawyers on blogs is desirable)
  • Legal guide submissions – since the firm was established nine years’ ago, Silk Family Law has year on year achieved top tier status in Legal 500 and Chambers UK. Compiling the entries is a vital role for the Consultant Communication Director
    • Prepare entries for both guides (templates used previously are available)
    • Ensure deadlines for submission are met
    • Liaise with fee earners regarding case studies and referees
    • Work with one of the partners to prepare the final submissions
    • Ongoing liaison with both legal guides
  • Silk Family Law’s own events – to advise and implement appropriate events agreed with the partners. Examples include:
  • Business networking events
  • Consolidation and expansion of referrers via appropriate events both formal and informal
  • Office drinks/canapes
  • Annual charity quiz.


  • Events with third parties – these usually take the form of a seminar style breakfast or lunch. Previous seminars have including partnerships with CLA North, Armstrong Watson, Baldwins accountants


  • Sponsorship of third party events. These have included Bedale Point to Point, Dales Businesswomen Network Richmond hub, annual conference of the Yorkshire Women in Business Network held in November in Leeds.
    • Liaise with event organisers
    • Agree sponsorship package
    • Ensure sponsorship is maximised
    • Provide all necessary artwork etc to organisers
    • Liaise with and brief fee earners attending events


  • Although Silk Family Law does very little pure advertising, the firm has a successful sponsored advice column for farmers every other month in the Yorkshire Post’s Country Week (this has brought in business), and has started a monthly column in The Newcastle Journal aimed at business owners.
    • Liaise with advertising departments
    • Ensure deadlines are in appropriate fee earner’s diary
    • Assist with topics and/or writing
    • Final proofing and submission


  • Digital/social media – running Twitter and Linkedin; advising on new, appropriate online opportunities; Google ads


  • Media relations
    • Assist fee earners with comment – The Sunday Times and Money Mail (twice) have asked fee earners for comment this year
    • Press releases when appropriate
    • Articles for relevant journals


  • Business development – assist fee earners with BD activities and work closely with the partner nominated to lead on BD with the team


  • Oversee marketing and other materials
    • Briefing and liaison with third party designer on all aspects of marketing materials and stationery, including business cards, email footers promotional items etc
  • Attend regular meetings with partners.

Find information about the firm, its people and services on our website

If you feel this is the right role for you please email a copy of your CV and any credentials for freelance work you have undertaken recently.