John Battle is a lawyer and is the Head of Compliance at ITN. He advises editors and journalists from ITN’s editorial services on legal and regulatory issues, both prior to and following publication / broadcast. He has worked as a lawyer in the news media industry for over 20 years , including two major newspaper groups. He is Chair of the Media Lawyers Association and is on the Parliamentary and Legal Committee of the Society of Editors. He has a particular interest in open justice issues and court reporting. He wrote the ITN Compliance Manual which is the guide for journalistic standards at ITN. He is an employed barrister and prior to working in the media industry worked as a barrister in the courts.