What We Do


Manleys is a firm of specialist media lawyers - we advise on all types of legal issues affecting media and entertainment today.

Looking after legal headaches that have the potential to damage our clients’ reputations and commercial interests.

For public figures, private individuals and well-known brands, we’re here to defend privacy and reputation. We prevent invasion of privacy or damaging material from being run by the press and fighting for accuracy of any material that is published.

We secure damages, corrections and apologies on behalf of clients acting against media outlets, including phone hacking matters.

We’re also forerunners in the emerging area of online publishing and related legal issues, and are frequently instructed to secure the removal of online content from social media and Google.

For media companies and corporates, we’re retained to deliver prepublication/rebroadcasting advice to avoid potential for libel issues or litigation.

This also extends to image licensing, copyright and IP matters.

Reputation management & defamation

Don’t take a chance with your reputation if you’re the victim of a defamatory post on social media; if you are the subject of a damaging story in the newspapers; if your club is the subject of unwarranted claims about finance or transfers.

We are highly experienced defamation lawyers and reputation management experts.


We routinely obtain and fight injunction applications on behalf of celebrities, sports players to prevent publication of private information – typically at very short notice.

IP/ licensing

We are experienced advisers on licensing and IP issues related to the media industry.

Content clearance

We work with a number of media organisations providing pre-publication and pre-broadcast legal advice to minimise the risk of litigation. 

Recent Media Law Experience:

  • Bode v Mundell – led successful defence of libel action which saw the claim struck out.
  • Economou v de Freitas – highly publicised defamation matter. Successful representation under a CFA of defendant up to trial in widely reported libel action.
  • The Only Way is Essex various cast members including Megan McKenna – privacy matters, publication corrections and retractions, damages
  • Representing celebrity victims of phone hacking in claims against Mirror Group and News Group. He has secured extensive damages and apologies for clients
  • Representing public figures in privacy matters, preventing publication of material for clients including cast of The Only Way is Essex (eg Megan Mckenna), Premiership Football players
  • Securing removal of stories for clients including footballers, celebrities and MPs.
  • Content clearance undertaking work for publishers and broadcasters
  • Corporate reputation management advice in relation to media law issues impacting brand perception and reputation.
  • Trademark dispute and shareholder dispute on behalf of Peter Hook (ex New Order).
  • Reputation advice given to Simon Danczuk MP throughout 2016 in relation to allegations of rape in the Mail on Sunday.
  • Dawn Ward – defence of well-publicised matter involving Sinitta.

“We were so impressed with their service 
we have since retained Manleys to provide ASOS with ongoing media law and reputation management support.”

- Andrew Magowan, General Counsel & Company Secretary, ASOS

“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 Lt

“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 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

“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

“Thank you so much for everything.”

- Rebekah & Jamie Vardy

“The best in the business, Manleys. I appreciate the hard work & always getting good results. Best legal team!” 

- Megan McKenna, TV personality

“Mark Manley was recommended to me by a celebrity in Liverpool. In a very short time the issue was dealt with brilliantly.” 

- Claire Sweeney, Actress

“Thank you for all your hard work, a great team!”

- Peter Hook, ex Joy Division & New Order

For all enquiries, please call 01244 230000 and a member of our team will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can fill out a quick form on our contact page.

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