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 29 years’ experience, and since 2000 I have created and managed successful courses in media law, journalism and production journalism for print, broadcast and the web.


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 also deliver masterclasses in media law at The Guardian and run courses at The Frontline Club.

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 in 2010 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 write about law and the media for The Guardian, The Independent and The Mirror and I blog about journalism and the law for New Statesman.

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, BBC World Service, Radio 4 PM, Radio 4 The Media Show, Radio 4 World Tonight, BBC London, BBC Scotland, BBC Radio Wales

Contact details:

Email: davidbanksmedialaw@gmail.com

Tel: 01653 690596

Mob: 07710 764998

Twitter: @DBanksy


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