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Furniss Lawton Literary Division Assistant

Based: Central London
Reports to: Deputy Managing Director, Furniss Lawton

Company overview:
Furniss Lawton is the literary division of the James Grant Group. Our clients include debut writers (such as Mary Bracht, Samantha King, Poorna Bell and Keith Stuart) and established brands including Lindsey Kelk, Matthew Reilly, S.K. Tremayne, Louise Jensen, Alexandra Shulman, the estate of Jennifer Worth (author of  the memoirs behind BBC series ‘Call the Midwife’), the Hairy Bikers, Clare Balding, Fearne Cotton and the Richard & Judy Book Club.

James Grant Group is the UK’s leading talent management company, providing management and professional services to a wide range of clients across the literary, TV, entertainment, music, sports and social sectors. JG’s wider client list includes leading presenters (such as Ant & Dec, Holly Willoughby, Davina McCall, Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness), major social influencers and YouTubers, local and global bands and music acts (such as the Manic Street Preachers, The Script, James Arthur), leading football & rugby players, international sports figures, sports anchors and sporting legends (such as Wales & Lions Rugby captain Sam Warburton, England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley, Frank Lampard, Tom Daley, Clare Balding). These services include career management, voiceover, brand and licensing, digital and social media platform creation, IP development and business affairs. In addition, we provide specialist accountancy services covering tax, accounts preparation and royalties.

Role: To work within Furniss Lawton, the literary division of the James Grant Group. The role will be to assist and support the literary agents in the six-person Furniss Lawton team, with a particular focus on working with Rowan Lawton and Eugenie Furniss in the effective running of Furniss Lawton.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about publishing and the media to learn more about the industry and the skills necessary in managing authors and talent clients.

Key responsibilities:
General administrative support:
 Diary management; expenses; website management & updating; fielding phone enquiries; updating and managing databases and systems including accounting and new deal information, as well as book publication schedules; book sales tracking; ad hoc research projects; creating presentations and pitches using a range of software.

Contracts & Accounts: Keeping track of contracts progress in house; creating deal memos for new deals; submitting and tracking invoices; chasing payments where necessary; sending remittance advice to clients; allocating payments correctly; tracking book delivery & publication dates.

Editorial: Reading manuscripts and writing editorial reports; assisting agents on structural and line edits; Managing and processing unsolicited submissions effectively.

Person specification:

  • Experience within the media industry
  • A passion for reading and other areas of the media and the arts (such as television, theatre, film, social media, sport, contemporary music and/or journalism) and knowledge of contemporary publishing and media trends.
  • Familiarity working in an office environment and strong experience in providing administrative support. Competency and efficiency on a range of databases and programmes including Excel, Powerpoint & Publisher.
  • The candidate will be highly self-motivated, organised and efficient, with a proven track-record in prioritising tasks, time management, working to deadlines and managing their own workload effectively.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Applicants must have the right to work within the UK

Please send your CV to with the following email subject title: Literary Assistant 




Furniss Lawton Literary Division Assistant

YM & U, London
Literary Agency, Professional
Literary Agent, Communications

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