MHP Lockdown Sessions

How are journalists, business figures, and communications professionals adjusting the challenges COVID-19 and the lockdown present?

In these regular ‘Lockdown Sessions’, MHP will be exploring the issues companies are facing, how teams are reacting, and what the ‘new normal’ might look like.

Each week we explore the ways journalists, business figures, and communications professionals are approaching media and communications activity, and identify their challenges, learnings and successes at this unprecedented time.

Jamie Lyons, Joint Head of MHP’s Public Affairs team, speaks to Jim Pickard, Chief Political Correspondent at the Financial Times about how lobby life functions during a pandemic and looking at Fleet Street’s ability to bounce back following COVID.

Jim Pickard – Chief Political Correspondent, Financial Times

Reg Hoare, Managing Director in MHP’s Capital Markets team, speaks to Steven Fine, Chief Executive of Peel Hunt about the response of the stock market during the COVID crisis, the likelihood of further de-equitisation and where the markets are heading post lockdown.

Steven Fine – Chief Executive, Peel Hunt

Keith Gladdis, Director in MHP’s Media Unit, speaks to John Harrington, Editor at PR Week, about the importance of strong communications in these unprecedented times and the future of the industry post-COVID.

John Harrington – Editor at PR Week

Keith Gladdis, Director in MHP’s Media Unit, speaks to The Sunday Times, News Editor, Becky Barrow who outlines the types of stories her journalists are currently looking for:

Becky Barrow – News Editor, The Sunday Times

Sam Holl, Director in MHP’s Brand & Reputation Practice, speaks to Ed Schmidt, CEO (EMEA), Wind Mobility to discuss how the firm approached the COVID pandemic, and the strengths of start-up culture when it comes to working remotely

Gemma Irvine (MHP’s Head of Creative Services) explores the stories and formats that are winning audience engagement with NewsWhip CEO Paul Quigley:

Paul Quigley – CEO, NewsWhip

Our colleagues at ENGINE Mischief spoke to Tom Evans, Editorial Journalist for to examine how brands can best work with journalists during the corona crisis.

Read Tom’s advice from the newsroom at

Keith Gladdis, Director in MHP’s Media Unit, speaks to Money Mail Editor, Victoria Bischoff to find out how their newsroom is operating remotely:

Victoria Bischoff – Money Mail Editor