About & Contact

As one of the UK’s leading media law trainers and consultants, I work with national and regional media, government, NGOs, PR agencies and charities. I am a journalist of 30 years’ experience, and since 2000 I have created and managed successful courses in media law, journalism and production journalism for web, print and broadcast.


All of my in-house courses are tailored to the client’s particular business and their precise needs. I work with clients beforehand to draw up a detailed itinerary for their approval, so they can be sure the training will deliver exactly what they need.

The client comments on this site, and the repeat bookings they make are testament to the effectiveness of this attention to detail.

I co-wrote the 18th, 19th and 20th editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, the standard text on media law, used daily for authoritative legal guidance in newsrooms and educational institutions across the UK.

As a member of the Ministry of Justice advisory panel, I helped examine reform of libel laws and also advised the MoJ on allowing greater media access to the family courts in the same year.

I contributed to the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press following the phone-hacking scandal.

I am legal training consultant to Mirror Group Newspapers and since 2012 I have delivered law & ethics training to all members of editorial staff at the Trinity Mirror newspaper group.

Media Contributions

I’ve written about law and the media for The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror and many other newspapers and websites.

On BBC Breakfast with Charlie Stayt and Louise Minchin, talking about the Leveson Inquiry

As well as writing I am an experienced contributor to TV, radio and podcasts, offering expert analysis of media law, ethics, journalism practice and the newspaper industry. I have contributed to programmes on the following stations:

BBC Breakfast, BBC News 24, Sky News – Boulton&Co, LBC with Nick Ferrari, BBC World Service, Radio 4 PM, Radio 4 The Media Show, Radio 4 World Tonight, Radio 4 Today, Radio 4 PM, BBC London, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Wales and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Contact details:

Email: davidbanksmedialaw@gmail.com

Mob: 07710 764998

Twitter: @DBanksy

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