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Mark Manley

Mark Manley

Mark Manley

Managing Director

Mark has more than 35 years’ experience obtaining outstanding results in disputes and litigation for clients.

He is nationally renowned for his work in reputation management, defamation, brand protection and privacy matters, on behalf of high profile individuals, corporates and organisations. 

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 700 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 won litigation cases at every level including in 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.


Mark’s clients include: Members of the Royal Family, the Government, several NHS Trusts, national and regional newspapers, TV companies, magazines and radio stations, football clubs, (managers and players), boxers and musicians, to name just a few of our clients within the general business, entertainment, music and sports sectors.

Some of the individual clients Mark has represented include Members of the Royal Family, Kylie Minogue, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan, Steven Gerrard, Trent Alexander Arnold, Jamie Vardy, Rebekah Vardy, Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy, Vicky Pattison, Charlotte Crosby, Michael Owen, 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, 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.


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

Legal 500 | Hall of Fame

I really do want to say a big thank you to you – I’ve been broadcasting now for many years and as you know with your amazing legal mind that I as a phone in presenter can have big problems as the law is a minefield. I find a great comfort knowing that you are at the end of a phone … You have given me some incredible advice and have helped me through legal problems. Both times I came out the other side with a big smile on my face. You have an amazing reputation and every time I have recommended you to some of my show business pals they have rang singing your praises. If there were more people within the legal profession that helped and gave value for money as you do it would be a better world. Thank you so much for your kindness, support and the fact that you are there 24 hours a day to help me through sometimes a legal minefield.
Pete Price, Radio City
Mark and his team provide a first class service around the clock- 7 days a week. Mark is a very experienced media lawyer - he and his team provide an excellent legal training and support service to the Bauer radio Network.
Steve King, Former Group Programme Director, Bauer Media
Mark Manley has helped me with cases through the years and it is a pleasure working with him, he makes everything straight forward and easy and that's why I'll keep working with him in the future.
Kerry Katona, Entertainer
Have enjoyed working with Mark and having the pleasure of his company many times through the years I am looking forward to that continuing, we wish him all the best with his new venture.
Martin O'Shea, Bold Management Ltd
Mark Manley is an eminent legal professional who I have worked with and trusted for the last 9 years. His attention to detail, expertise and experience has been an invaluable asset to the Football Clubs and organisations I have worked with. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Paul Tyrrell, Paul Tyrrell Corporation Ltd
It's very reassuring to have someone like Mark on your side. He has always given me clear advice and support no matter what the situation. He is universally respected and his name brings with it a sense of trust.
Lime Pictures Ltd
Mark has been an advisor to Insider for longer than I have been with the company and that is over 10 years. During that time the quality of the support the company has enjoyed has been second to none. As important is the fact that he is well known within the Insurance community and insurers have expressed confidence in Insider’s corporate governance and mentioned Mark Manley specifically as an advisor that gives them confidence that Insider takes expert legal advice when necessary. We will continue to use Mark because he is consistently the best at what he does in our opinion
Marlen Roberts, MD, Insider Media Ltd
Mark handled my defence of serious charges of dangerous driving. From the police station interviews to the end of the trial and dealing with the media he was a constant source of comfort and gave me confidence. I can't thank him enough.
Ricky Whittle
Handled my legal issues for years. Bad advice from Mark??? MY ARSE!!!
Ricky Tomlinson
Mark appeared for me in the High Court to obtain an Order in an urgent matter. He got a great result, was tenacious and I highly recommend him.
Marounne Fellaini, Manchester United FC
Mark has handled many media-related issues for me. I need the best people outside the ring to help me be the best in it. Manleys has continued to represent me after my retirement from boxing
Amir Khan, Ex-World Champion Boxer
I've worked with Mark Manley on numerous occasions and have always found him to be very effective and professional. He has always treated me as a client respectfully and I would always recommend him.
Micah Richards, Aston Villa FC
I have known Mark for over 15 years and have never been less than satisfied by both his professional advice and his frank approach to every case whereby he tells the truth plainly and without adornment and as a client you learn to respect his advice, however painful it can sometimes feel. He is irritatingly usually correct. He is also a fellow Evertonian but I would never dream of letting that colour my judgement. One of the North's top, top lawyers. Good luck striking out on your own mark - and team.
Nick Jaspan, Prolific North
My kind of lawyer - Straight talking, clear advice.
Jason Tyldesley, Managing Director, Sofaworks
I've known Mark professionally and socially for over 15 years, during this time he has always acted with the highest professional standards in terms of integrity, skill and friendship. I would have no hesitation in recommending him in the highest terms to any potential client.
Tim Rogers, KKA Architects
He should be strung up - he is too expensive! Hahaha... He is very trustworthy and honest. He is always there for advice which is very important these days. Mark is down to earth and knows what he is talking about.
Stan Boardman, Comedian
I've used Mark and his team for 20 years - I wouldn't dream of using anyone else. Mark has never let me down - always perfect.
Gary Dean, MD, GOV TV
Mark has provided Radio City with legal advice for more than a decade. He is a sharp operator. Not just a top legal brain, a top guy who you'd want leading your team every time. He has incredible knowledge of the media landscape and has always delivered.
Steve Hothersall, Editor, Radio City
Media law is fraught with pitfalls and obstacles which can very quickly see a throw away comment on air turn into a litigation nightmare. However, Mark’s knowledge, experience, understanding and professionalism has helped guide the radio station through many difficult and dangerous situations. Not only is Mark a fantastic coach, but his calmness and his innate understanding of all eventualities is invaluable to us, and has been for many years. Just as importantly for a creative company, he also has a great sense of humour and can help you see the funny side of an awkward problem.
Richard Maddock, BBC Sport
A fiercely able litigator - the man you want on your side.
Nick Freeman, (Mr. Loophole), Freeman & Co.
Extremely good with clients - realistic and firm. Gives sensible advice whilst remaining supportive. Handles publicity with great flair. Mark Manley conducted a difficult criminal case from its start at the police station to its successful conclusion. He dealt with the full package (the interviews, pre-trial preparations and post-trial publicity) with real skill.
Stuart Driver, QC
Always been very good and honest. Tells you the up and down sides so there's no surprises. Always available , always in contact.
Lisa McGorrin
Having guided me through one of the most frightening circumstances of my life, I can vouch for Mark Manley's extraordinary capabilities and utter veracity.
Chumki Banerjee, Restauranteur and entreprenuer
Having known Mark in both a professional and personal capacity for many years I would say he is a clear leader in his field. His drive, experience and knowhow are all part of his offering. His work on high profile initiatives such as the Jamie Carragher Testimonial Year was outstanding and a measure of his ability and his commitment to the community. Perhaps Marks greatest asset is his warm personality which makes him a great person to do business with.
Ian Ayre, Former Managing Director, Liverpool FC
Mark is a talented lawyer, he provides excellent advice.
Duncan Foster, Director, Coronation Street (ITV)
Mark Manley was recommended to me by a celebrity in Liverpool who guaranteed that a personal issue that had plagued me for years would be resolved if I instructed Mark. In a very short time the issue was dealt with brilliantly by Mark. He's the best! Thank you Mark and good luck with your new business.
Claire Sweeney, Actress
Mark Manley, how can I put into words the fantastic work you have done for me acting as my Lawyer. From a building dispute you won for me in 1986 not long after you first graduated,to a another case you have just won for me. Your professionalism is second to none. you have shown me kindness and honesty which is a rare commodity in the legal profession. I truly wish you good luck with your new law firm. My advice to all those people out there seeking a lawyer choose.... Mark Manley. Not only will you end up with a grade A lawyer you will end up with a real good friend...... Thanks Mark.
Javid Ahmed
Mark is a first class guy to work with. He is a very good mediator and a thorough and able lawyer.
Elizabeth Ward, Owner, Virtuoso Legal
Mark is an outstanding trainer, who uses his first class communication skills to full effect. He has a rare ability to make learning fun, practical and interesting. I have no hesitation in recommending him.
Mark Loosemoore
When you are having to meet deadlines and your teams are making decisions that could be costly if you get them wrong, then it is vital to have someone like Mark Manley available to give you immediate and solid advice. That is what the on-air teams at Bauer Radio have enjoyed now for several years, enabling us to be confident that our broadcasts are legally sound
John Pickford, Editor, Key 103 FM
Mark provided great support and guidance in the legal process surrounding our applications to the Court. Their help has been invaluable, extremely professional and much appreciated
Dr. Denise Barrett-Baxendale, CEO, Everton FC
I have worked with Mark for nearly 20 years. In that time he has instructed me in many challenging technical and difficult claims. Mark is an exceptionally talented solicitor whose preparation is second to none. He invariably works extremely hard for his clients and we have been successful in most of the work we have done together. This is due in no small part to Mark's ability. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Mark to prospective clients. Leanne is also a highly talented and hardworking solicitor. Again, I would have no hesitation in recommending Leanne to prospective clients. I have worked with Leanne on a variety of cases over the last decade. Most of these have been commercial litigation of complexity or high value. She has never failed to demonstrate a quick and clear analysis of the issues. Her combination of enthusiasm and diligence makes Leanne an excellent solicitor.
Louis Browne, Exchange Chambers
Mark has a great ability to interpret his detailed understanding of complex issues to give sound and clear advice to clients in order for them to formulate a clear strategy. Mark is also very pro-active when it comes to educating his clients in order to prevent costly and time consuming mistakes. Modern approach to the legal requirements of businesses and individuals - great person to have on your side!
Phil Tottey
I have worked with Leanne on a variety of cases over the last decade. Most of these have been commercial litigation of complexity or high value. She has never failed to demonstrate a quick and clear analysis of the issues. Her combination of enthusiasm and diligence makes Leanne both an excellent solicitor and a tenacious representative for her clients. I would have no hesitation in recommending her.
Andrew Vinson , Barrister, Exchange Chambers
We work with lots of solicitors, often handling very sensitive and difficult matters together. Mark stands out because he is imaginative and uses that natural creativity and flair alongside his obvious vast knowledge and experience to enable him to make shrewd judgements and develop clear, effective strategy. From my perspective, as an investigator, this is a breath of fresh air! Mark has charisma which, in his profession, is a real asset. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark to anybody who needs a safe pair of hands to acheive real, tangible results.
Peter Farrington, Probe Investigations UK
Mark has offered us advice on a number of issues relating to media law and has proven to be an invaluable source of support and advice. His comprehensive knowledge of the broadcast and print media space is invaluable but it's the way he can cut straight to the point, make the complex simple and offer pragmatic honest advice that puts him top of my speed dial.
Rachel Fellows, UK Corporate Communications Director, Kelloggs Ltd
Mark is a fantastic sports and media lawyer, he provides excellent advice and builds instant trust and respect from the clients.
Caroline Rose, Brewin Dolphin
Mark is one of the leading Media Lawyers in the Country. I've worked both with and on the other side of the fence from him and his reputation is richly-deserved. Although he's a competitor, he's also one I rate extremely highly both for his ability and his character.
Steve Kunciewiez, BLM Solicitors
Mark recently helped my company to unlock a complex legal problem, through skilled negotiation achieved excellent results.
Ed Lattimer, Entrepreneur and business leader
The team at Manleys was outstanding. They worked tirelessly to defend our clients in an extremely challenging case, achieving a very good result under the circumstances. Mark was a pleasure to deal with throughout. His efforts and those of his team were hugely appreciated.
James Webster, Media and Entertainment Claims Manager, Hiscox
Very professional and thorough, with great attention to detail. He's also got a sense of humour which helps!
Jamie Carragher, Sky Sports
Manleys are the pre-eminent firm of their kind. Immediate response 24/7, total fluency in the issues and excellent, senior advice at a most reasonable cost. Mark Manley, he knows his field probably better than any other practitioner.
Alex Sandberg, General Legal Counsel, ASOS
I use Mark because he’s more than a solicitor. He cares deeply for his clients and goes above and beyond what anyone would expect to keep you protected. He is the best there is and I now class him as friend. Mark and his team are fantastic.
Kate Stewart, Liverpool Entrepreneur
Having worked with Mark and his team on numerous high-profile cases, we have 100% confidence in their work and their results. Not only are Manleys a pleasure to work with but the speed and outcome of their results are always of the highest level.
Scott Smith, Sports agent
Not only are Manleys a pleasure to work with but the speed and outcome of their results are always of the highest level.
Andrea Boardman
Having represented many high profile pop stars, celebrities and professional sports stars for the last twenty years as a PR advisor we have regularly instructed specialist legal counsel in litigation, defamation and privacy issues and have worked with the best legal minds.  Mark Manley is without doubt a highly skilled litigator and formidable lawyer. His knowledge is second to none, his tactical and technical approach, combined with his brilliant legal mind makes him a formidable adversary. Mark has represented myself on various personal matters and at client level. Without doubt Mark and his team prove time and time again that some of the best legal minds can be found outside of the London circuit.”
Gerard Franklin, Founder Director, Frequency Media FMG UK Ltd
Don’t know what I’d do without you… literally.
Megan Mckenna
Manleys have advised my clients and companies for the past couple of years. They have handled a wide range of complex matters with broadcasters, national publications and global brands. Mark is my kind of solicitor; he's straight talking and works tirelessly to defend his clients. I wouldn’t want anyone else fighting my corner!
John Bailey, CEO, Contego Media Group
Thank you for all of your support and help.
Amy McDonald
Due to the difficult, deeply sensitive and personal nature of my claim I was directed to Manley’s Solicitors from another firm who thought it would be better placed to represent me for invasion of privacy. Both Mark and Katie have handled my case with extreme care and sensitivity and have kept me fully updated throughout. I have been treated with the upmost respect and consideration and they have done everything in their power to bring my case to a satisfactory conclusion. I would not hesitate to recommend Manley’s Solicitors.
Jenna Reid
The service we received from Manley’s, in particular Mark and Katie was exemplary. The advice, guidance and support was excellent, well communicated and expertly executed. Everything was handled with extreme confidentiality and discretion and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for legal advice or support.
Michael Owen, Former Professional Footballer
To quote a seasoned barrister – “nobody enjoys being sued for libel”. What I can say is that Mark’s assistance in my own case and a related Prof Neg matter was a master class in litigation tactics. He has the capacity to quickly grasp the intricacies of key points and also act as a calming factor allowing you to put stressful matters into perspective. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team if you are in a corner and can be assured that he will fight yours to the end. It doesn’t come cheap but as another saying goes, and as I found out to my cost before approaching Manley’s – “you get what you pay for!”
Richard Jennings, Align Research Ltd
We found Manleys to be a very effective company when dealing with matters on our behalf and also they provide that personal touch which is extremely helpful when trying to manage and understand what for us were complex legal areas. I would have no hesitation in thoroughly recommend Mark and the Manley’s team to anyone considering engaging their services.
The Wallace family from Cheshire
We have used Manleys Solicitor’s for many years now across multiple high profile clients, we love working with the team led by the legend that is Mark Manley, their attention to detail and responsiveness out of hours and weekends is second to none. In recent years we have had the pleasure of dealing with Jessica Turner on some of these clients and Jessica has been an absolute delight, highly efficient, very helpful and very effective in dealing with at times complex legal matters.
Kate O’Shea, Bold Management
The service we received from Jessica and Manleys was outstanding. Jessica was effective when dealing with matters on our behalf and provided great support and legal advice. I would recommend Jessica and the team at Manleys to anyone considering their services.
Sean Gardner, Founder, Gluu
Mark, there are no words that can ever explain how thankful I am to have met you and your team. The support, help and guidance given to me at the most difficult time of my life really did pull me through a dark time. Manleys is a world class, one of a kind Solicitors that not only goes above and beyond, but simply cares. I will be forever grateful. You really are “Angels” (Earth Angles)
Joanne Lumsden

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