Jan Tomalin is the Managing Director of Media Law Consultancy, a law firm specialising in expert advice to media companies.
Widely regarded as the leading pre-broadcast media compliance lawyer, Jan has 30 years’ experience of advising production companies on the content of their programmes. For 20 of those years Jan worked for Channel 4 Television where she led the in-house legal and compliance team, establishing the templates for best practice in the industry which are still used today.
Jan is trusted by her clients to provide clear and practical advice which enables and protects creativity. She is great fun to work with and works tirelessly to help producers meet deadlines and get the strongest show to air. Broadcasters’ editorial and compliance teams welcome Jan's involvement in a programme as a safe pair of hands and look to her vast experience to help with the myriad legal, compliance and ethical dilemmas that arise at every stage of production and beyond broadcast.
Jan’s unique contribution to the industry was recognised at the Sheffield Documentary Festival in 2016 where she was presented with a new award which honours a vital, under-the-radar contribution to British factual television – ‘Unsung Hero in Factual Television’. The judges said:
“Jan has helped and advised almost all of the UK’s top documentary makers, companies and broadcasters on the trickiest editorial matters imaginable – and won the day.
Quite simply, many of the most challenging and important programmes of the last 20 years would never have got on air were it not for Jan’s creativity, tenacity, awesome legal knowledge – and nerve. The UK’s best producers simply love her and trust her. She’s a one-off.
Jan established her law firm, Media Law Consultancy, in 2009 and now lives and works by the sea in East Sussex. When not advising her clients, Jan is to be found walking on the beach with her three miniature schnauzers, Dexter, Wilf and Dolly who are the inspiration for her company logo. Jan is a campaigner against puppy farming and a passionate supporter of dog rescue and adoption. Dolly and Wilf were adopted after a life of abuse in the dog battery farming industry.