Media law refresher

A one-day course on various aspects of media law that can affect anyone publishing in the UK.

Course tutor: David Banks
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Time: 10:00-17:00
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Euston, London
Number of places: 10 max
Cost: £200 (+£40 VAT)

This one-day course – led by co-author of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists – covers areas such as:

  • Libel
  • Contempt
  • Reporting the courts
  • Sexual offences
  • Children
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Copyright

The course acts as a refresher and to update delegates on new areas of media law or would serve as an introduction to media law for those with little or no experience in this field.

The course includes updates on:

  • Legal areas being explored by the Leveson inquiry, such as Bribery Act, RIPA, Data Protection Act and Misuse of Computers Act.

David Banks (220)

About David Banks

David Banks is a journalist with 24 years' experience and has been involved in training since 1999.

He writes for the Guardian on media law and has co-authored three editions on McNae's Essential Law for Journalists.

David is also a media consultant delivering training to a range of national and regional media, NGOs, government, charities, PR companies, universities and the police.

He is a trainer who has created and managed successful courses in journalism, media law and production journalism

He was a member of the Ministry of Justice advisory panel that examined reform of libel laws in 2010 and he also advised the MoJ on allowing greater media access to the family courts.

In 2011 he was invited to contribute to the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press following the phone-hacking scandal.

He writes regularly on law and the media for the Guardian and is a frequent contributor to BBC TV and radio programmes.

He co-authored 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

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"David's training was lively and engaging. It brought to life what can be a very dry subject, with interesting case histories and his very accomplished presentation skills. My team have varying levels of knowledge about media law but every one of them took something new away from the training and said they found the session valuable to their day-to-day work." Louise Douglas, head of communications, Regenda group

"Your fascinating talk really set the tone. The delegates were still talking about it at dinner this evening."
Michael Lavery, Durham University, CASE conference organiser

"Just wanted to say I thought the media law refresher last Thursday was brilliant and I've asked my bosses if all my news team can go on it." Lucy Wood, news editor

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