Neil Midgley’s media training deploys a unique combination of experience: before becoming a Daily Telegraph journalist, he practised corporate litigation as a City solicitor.
Neil built up his legal CV by qualifying at Linklaters, and subsequently by practising as a senior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton – with a caseload that included high-value Commercial Court cases, oil and gas, insolvency and international commercial arbitration.
As a result, Neil can quickly master any brief – and spot the weaknesses in any message. He has put numerous senior business executives through their paces in media training, as well as doctors, lawyers, NGO and charity CEOs, scientists and academics.
After retraining as a journalist, Neil wrote about the media industry for The Daily Telegraph for over 10 years, rising to be an assistant editor in the senior management team.
As well as conducting many agenda-setting interviews himself, Neil also experienced the other side of the microphone as a respected pundit. He was interviewed literally hundreds of times on TV and radio for the BBC, Sky and others – which gives him a true insight into the predicament of the people he media-trains.
Having achieved first-class honours in his law degree at Oxford University nearly 30 years ago, Neil recently returned there, to train as a meditation teacher at the university’s Mindfulness Centre. In media training, he can offer mindfulness techniques to combat nerves and anxiety around interviews.