Media Law and Crisis Communications

Every Communications Department needs to understand the basics of media law and other legal aspects relating to the communications process.

This training will outline the legal implications of Freedom of Information requests from the local paper to the reporting of high profile cases.

We share with you how to deal with these requests and how to avoid mischievous journalist headlines. We will provide Case Studies to show you both poor and good examples of how to negotiate your way around legal minefields.

We also cover crisis media management from a communications perspective, preparing you for almost every eventuality connected to any crisis issue and giving you a structure and set of tools to conduct successful media relations in future.

The day exceeded my expectations – due in no small measure to your expertise and experience, and your approach.

We are most grateful – thank you.

The Farriers Registration Council October 2, 2015

What to expect

The full day course is divided into two sessions, the first covers Media Law, the second Crisis Management from a communications perspective. Both sessions are filled with tips and advice. You will take part in at least three practical exercises including writing a holding statement, briefing your
spokespeople and dealing with door stepping journalists. All exercises are reviewed and analysed. Our open courses are tailored to each participant, with individual scenarios devised for each person. We can take a maximum of six participants per course. We send out pre course questionnaires to help us tailor the training so that you get exactly what you need from the day.


  • Local and regional government communications officers
  • Senior Managers
  • PR and Marketing Professionals
  • Corporate Communication Officers

All Participants Receive

  • A DVD with all performances
  • Workshop handouts
  • Media Interview rule book and handy tips card to help with future media interviews

You will learn

  • What you can and cannot say in your press release
  • When “sub judice” and “confidentiality” apply
  • How to respond to Freedom of Information requests
  • Ensuring copyright is adhered to
  • Avoiding Libel or Defamation
  • Differences between Magistrates Courts and Juvenile Courts
  • Differences between Summary proceedings and Preliminary proceedings
  • The legal aspects relating to sexual offences
  • Journalist sources
  • Writing press releases that do not cross the law
  • Prepare for crisis with Issues Management – the basic tools
  • Identify the kind of issues that could hit you
  • How to build a crisis management team
  • Prepare materials
  • Develop crisis management strategies and action plan
  • How to brief your spokespeople
  • How to handle the media during a crisis or serious issue

Times and pricing


10:00am-5:00pm £495 per person, discounted to £395 per person if two people from the same organisation book together