About Us

The Team

The team at Manleys have gained a wealth of experience at some of the UK’s leading law firms and came together to create a niche legal practice dedicated to giving first class service, building rapport with clients and focusing on achieving results.

Manleys lawyers feature as UK leaders in their fields of law in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories.

Mark Manley

Mark Manley

Managing Director

Mark has more than 30 years’ experience obtaining outstanding results in disputes and litigation for clients.

He is highly regarded for his work in reputation management, including defamation, brand protection and privacy matters, on behalf of high profile individuals and corporates.

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Mark was appointed to sit as a Deputy District Judge on the Northern Circuit in 2004. Mark became an accredited mediator in 1999 and has since successfully mediated over 300 disputes including many sports-related cases, contract/commercial cases, libel actions, professional negligence claims, intellectual property issues, and substantial shareholder disputes.

Mark is a member of CEDR Chambers (the set of the UK’s leading Mediators) and is also a mediator and arbitrator on the Sports Resolutions Panels. He has arbitrated several cases including an Olympic Games selection dispute and a large case between the FA and a football Club.

Mark has successfully taken cases to the House of Lords (now Supreme Court) and Court of Appeal including the landmark confidentiality/injunction case of Cream Holdings Ltd v Banerjee and Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Ltd [2004] HL.

Clients

Mark’s clients include national and regional newspapers, TV companies, magazines, radio stations, Football Clubs, managers and players, boxers, musicians and many other clients from the general business, entertainment, music and sports sectors.

He has represented a large number of high profile personalities, including members of the Royal family, Kylie Minogue, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan,  Steven Gerrard, Trent Alexander Arnold, Simon Mignolet, Jaime and Rebeckah Vardy,, Vicky Pattison, Megan McKenna, Dawn Ward,  Ricky Whittle, Kerry Katona, Robbie Kean, Ricky Tomlinson, Stan Boardman, Claire Sweeney, Micah Richards, Marouanne Fellaini, Joe Hart, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo, Carlos Tevez, Dimitar Berbatov, Gary Neville, Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Ji Sung Park, Edwin Van der Saar, Joey Barton, Sven Goran Eriksson, Thaksin Shinawatra, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Simon Webbe and many others.

He has also handled a variety of cases for various media and sports organisations including Trinity Mirror, Bauer Media, Insider Media, Lime Pictures Ltd, ITV, Sunday Sport, Baron Publications and football clubs and players from the English Premiership and other Leagues.

Mark has also chaired or served on several footballer testimonial committees including Leon Osman’s Testimonial Committee (Everton), Jamie Carragher and Ronnie Moran.

Recognition

Mark continues to be recognised in Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500, where he is described as “media savvy” and a “great litigator”.

Client testimonials

We will continue to use Mark because he is consistently the best at what he does.
Marlen Roberts, MD, Insider Media Ltd

Very professional and thorough, with great attention to detail. He’s also got a sense of humour which helps!
Jamie Carragher, Sky Sports

Mark and his team provide a first class service around the clock – 7 days a week.
Steve King, Group Programme Director, Bauer Media

Mark Manley was recommended to me by a celebrity who guaranteed that a personal issue would be resolved if I instructed Mark. In a very short time the issue was dealt with brilliantly by Mark. He’s the best!
Claire Sweeney, Actress

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Paul Luukas

Paul Luukas

Senior Associate Solicitor

Paul joined Manleys as a Senior Associate in April 2021.

Prior to joining Manleys, Paul was the Head of Litigation for a Canary Wharf-based law firm that specialised in dispute resolution. Paul’s client base ranged from global corporations including a multinational technology company and a number of global trip providers to private individuals and spanned several practice areas.

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Paul’s practice areas include Commercial Litigation, Shareholder disputes, Professional Negligence claims, Defamation, Privacy, Insolvency, Breach of confidence and general contract disputes.

Paul has over 14 years of experience in the legal industry. He completed his Law Degree at the University of Liverpool in 2006 and qualified as a Barrister in 2007, achieving an ‘Outstanding’ grade on the Bar Vocational Course at Northumbria University. Paul then practised as an Advocate for several years before being invited to join the Advocacy Management team of a leading advocacy firm in 2012. Paul cross-qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 and gained Higher Rights in 2014.

Paul regularly contributes to legal publications and seminars and has sat on a number of industry-based consultation panels.

Jessica Baker

Jessica Baker

Solicitor

Jessica is a Solicitor at our Chester office.

Part of Jessica’s role is to carry out various tasks to assist with the progression of client matters. These tasks include preparing legal documents, carrying out legal research, organising data and filing.

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Jessica also supports other members of the team by undertaking administrative tasks and dealing with accounts.

Prior to joining Manleys, Jessica worked as a Paralegal at a local Law Firm in Chester. She has experience in both Residential Property and Bodily Injury departments.

Jessica has a First Class Honours Degree in English and History, a Graduate Diploma in Law and is now studying towards an LPC MSc in Law and Business Management at weekends at the University of Law.

Peri Mornington

Peri Mornington

Solicitor

Peri is a Solicitor at our Chester office. Having qualified in 2013, she has experience in a range of litigation matters. Peri has a sharp attention to detail, and background in negotiating settlements in high value disputes.

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At Manleys, Peri deals with a variety of work, including commercial litigation, defamation, privacy and breach of confidence claims, intellectual property disputes, professional negligence claims and contentious probate matters.

Peri read Law at the University of Liverpool before completing her LPC at the College of Law in Christleton.

She has a passion for achieving successful outcomes for her clients.

Rebekah Duke

Rebekah Duke

Practice Manager

Rebekah started at Manleys in September 2018. Along with her degree in business management, she brings to her role as Practice Manager a wealth of experience from time spent in recruitment, hospitality and luxury travel. 

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Rebekah works closely with our Managing Director Mark Manley and predominantly behind the scenes at Manleys supporting all areas of the business to ensure that our Solicitors are free to offer you the best possible service in managing your case. Some of the areas covered include finance, accounts, HR, compliance and office management, to name but a few!

Olivia Reilly

Olivia Reilly

Paralegal

Liv joined Manleys in November 2020 after obtaining her Law degree from the University of Exeter.

Her work primarily involves assisting the team on matters of intellectual property, with a specific focus on copyright and digital image rights infringement.

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From the offset, the team has been supportive of her goal to pursue a long-term career in music law, inviting her to work on cases of this nature as they arise. The experience Liv gained alongside her degree, including an in-house placement at a major record label, helped form a solid foundation for the work she does at Manleys.

Prior to joining Manleys and in her spare time, Liv is a passionate advocate for increasing LGBTQIA+ representation in law and co-directs a large-scale network to this effect.

Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones

Office Administrator

Gemma is responsible for the day to day running of our Chester office. Gemma ensures front of house is covered, calls are answered and administration duties such as opening new files, sending client care letters, printing and filing as well maintaining electronic files are all carried out efficiently and to a high standard.

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Gemma joined Manleys during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and has been integral in implementing our business-as-usual approach which allowed the firm to remain available for all of our clients and colleagues at all times.

Eleni Iles

Eleni Iles

Senior Consultant

Eleni joined Manleys in 2012, having spent the previous 3 years working as a professional support lawyer dealing with regulatory/quality compliance at a North West firm. At Manleys, she is a consultant specialising in advising the practice on its compliance, risk and quality issues.

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Eleni qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and spent the first 8 years of her legal career as a property solicitor at a law firm in the North West, dealing with all aspects of commercial and residential property. She focused on commercial freehold and leasehold, commercial lending, business sales/purchases linked to property, and all types of residential property work.

Eleni gained an MA in modern history from Corpus Christi, Oxford before undertaking a Post Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law, Chester.

Jennifer Yates

Jennifer Yates

Senior Consultant

Laura Olson

Laura Olson

Senior Consultant

Laura qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Laura specialises in all aspects of relationship breakdown and in particular divorce and financial settlement upon divorce.

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She is experienced in dealing with high net worth individuals and high value divorce cases including business assets, trusts, shareholdings and pensions. Laura is also experienced in advising on and preparing pre-nuptial agreements. She also advises in relation to private child law disputes including contact and residence issues.

She also deals with cohabitation agreements and advises unmarried parties upon relationship breakdown including dealing with property disputes and financial provisions for children.

Laura has a firm and pragmatic approach and is extremely aware of her client's needs.

Laura has acted in several high-profile divorces and financial relief applications since working with Manleys. These have included cases involving one of the world's leading golfers, a multi-national entrepreneur and several household name celebrities.  

Mike Hall

Mike Hall

Senior Consultant

As a consultant solicitor at Manleys, Mike works on commercial and contractual matters in all areas of Media & Entertainment.

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Mike began his career at a leading Media & Entertainment law firm in London where he qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and continued to work until 2007. During his time in London Mike worked with an enviable client base of international artists, A-List celebrities and multinational companies, and he gained knowledge, skills and experience in many areas of Media & Entertainment including music, TV, film, theatre and gaming.

Since returning to the North of England Mike has worked extensively in sport, and primarily in football. Mike has lectured on the The FIFA Master - International Master in Management, Law and Humanities of Sport at the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Sarah Bridge

Sarah Bridge

Consultant

Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 2001 and has specialised in private client law ever since. Her expertise covers all aspects of private client work from wills, lasting powers of attorney, trusts and probate to estate and inheritance tax planning, capital gains tax planning and trust planning for both UK and non UK domiciliaries.

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Sarah was formerly head of private client at west end media and entertainment law firm, Harbottle & Lewis LLP. She acts for a broad spectrum of clients including high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, families, landed estates and trusts. The discrete nature of her work means that her clients would prefer not to be listed but these have included high profile musicians, sportsmen, models and actors, ultra high net worth owner-managers, offshore trustees and trust corporations.

Sarah is a real ‘people person’ and is praised for her down to earth, pragmatic and personal approach and her ability to solve clients’ problems without boring them with legal jargon.

Stephen Lea

Stephen Lea

Consultant

Stephen qualified as a Solicitor in 1979 and started representing musicians the following year. The clients he has represented are some of the music greats from the past 25 years and include Take That, New Order, The Charlatans, Tears For Fears, Teenage Fanclub, Russell Watson and James.

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As well as musicians, Stephen has also represented actors, TV presenters, songwriters, record and production companies, publishers and promoters and he is recognised as one of the leading Solicitors in the music industry.

Henna Riaz

Henna Riaz

Consultant

Henna has more than 10 years' experience working with entertainment brands and has developed an enviable reputation particularly in the field of music industry contracts.

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After graduating in law from the London School of Economics in 2001, Henna trained at a national law firm before working for Mercury Records and Universal Studios in Los Angeles, USA. She returned to the UK as a senior media lawyer at DLA Piper and later Hill Dickinson before demonstrating her entrepreneurial expertise in establishing 360Royalty Audit, which ensures that licensors and intellectual property owners are getting paid accurately under their commercial agreements.

Henna's prestigious client base includes the BBC, Liverpool FC, and Entertainment 1, which produces the hugely popular Twilight films and owns the Peppa Pig franchise and reported over £200m UK retail sales in 2010. Henna also acts for Hit Entertainment, which owns Bob the Builder, Barney and Thomas & Friends.

Henna's services sectors including music, entertainment, technology, sports, pharmaceutical and bio-technology.

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