The Team

  • Mark Manley

    Managing Director

    Tel: 01244 230 000 

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    Mark has nearly 30 years of experience obtaining outstanding results in disputes and litigation at the highest level. He has been recognised as a leader in his field in the various legal directories since they started being published. He has built a national reputation for his work in reputation management (defamation/ brand protection, privacy) and for his successes in commercial litigation cases.

    His 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.

    Mark acts for many businesses from PLCs with international brands to sole traders. Mark's client list includes several well-known lawyers!

    He 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. He has been recognised in Chambers Directory as “media savvy", and a “great litigator". 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.

    Individual clients he has represented include:

    Kylie Minogue, Amir Khan, Ricky Whittle, Kerry Katona, Ricky Tomlinson, Stan Boardman Claire Sweeney, Micah Richards, Marouanne Fellaini, Joe Hart, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo, Carlos Tevez, Dimitir Berbatov, Gary Neville, Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jin Sung Park, Edwin Van der Saar, Joey Barton, Sven Goran Eriksson, Thaksin Shinawatra, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Simon Webbe, Dawn Ward and many others.

    Mark has handled a variety of cases for various media/sports organisations including:

    • Trinity Mirror
    • Bauer Media
    • Insider Media
    • Lime Pictures Ltd, (The Only Way is Essex, Hollyoaks and Geordie Shore)
    • ITV
    • Sunday Sport
    • Baron Publications
    • Football clubs and Players from the English Premiership and other Leagues.

    Mark is regularly featured in the Chambers Legal Directory and Legal 500 and has Chaired or served on several footballer testimonial committees including Leon Osman's Testimonial Committee (Everton), Jaime Carragher, Ronnie Moran,

  • Leanne Wheeler

    Partner

    Tel: 01244 230 008 

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    Leanne qualified as a solicitor working with Mark Manley in 2000 and is now a Partner at Manleys.

    She continues to deal with a range of commercial and personal disputes including breach of contract, professional negligence, contentious trusts and probate cases, fraud, copyright and trade mark infringement claims, and injunction proceedings (including freezing injunctions and disclosure orders ), whilst also providing pre-publication/ broadcast advice to magazines and radio stations. Leanne worked in the team which advised ITV and Lime Pictures Ltd in its defence of a TV format / intellectual property rights dispute in 2013.

    Leanne also regularly handles reputation protection issues for companies and individuals, including pre-publication injunctions and defamation actions. In addition to the contentious litigation cases Leanne handles, she also works with her clients to avoid, manage and limit reputational damage. She is feisty, but always seeks to achieve a sensible, beneficial and cost-effective solution for her clients.

    Leanne was again ranked in Chambers & Partners (2015) as a leader in her field and an associate to watch, and stated that she "is developing a strong reputation in the market, known for her forceful and committed approach to disputes such as professional negligence claims. Her caseload varies widely, and one source rates her as a "well-organised and efficient litigator." The Chambers Legal Directory 2014 described her as "Prompt and efficient" and praised for her "constructive advice and very good client skills."

  • Katie Mickleburgh

    Senior Associate

    Tel: 01244230000 

    Katie Mickleburgh qualified as a solicitor in 2007 with a North West international law firm and has joined Manleys Solicitors as an Associate Solicitor.

    Katie has day-to-day, practical experience of dealing with reputation management issues and has advised schools, companies, high profile individuals, local authorities, the church and NHS bodies. Katie recognises the commercial reality of dealing with claims of defamation (libel and slander)and has advised clients on the legalities surrounding complex social media issues, particularly in an employment context. Katie regularly provides pre-publication advice for national publications on a wide range of issues. In addition, Katie has a great deal of experience in dealing with complex dispute in civil and regulatory matters; including high level personal injury claims arising in the context of competitive games. Katie also acts on, and provides advice in relation to, sporting matters including disputes between agent, players and clubs.

  • Adam Berman

    Solicitor

    Tel: 01244230006 

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    Adam joined Manleys in February 2017 from national law firm Weightmans. Originally based in the Midlands, he qualified as a solicitor in 2012 with Eversheds before moving to the North West in late 2013.

    He has considerable experience advising clients in both the public and private sectors on a variety of commercial disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, negligence, defamation, injunctions, and copyright/trademark infringements. Adam is familiar with all forms of ADR, including mediation, and understands the importance of evaluating any dispute from both a commercial and legal perspective to find a positive resolution for clients at what is often a difficult time.

    Recently, he has been advising a company in a complex fraud and bribery case involving several other defendants and four claimants; as well as the former CEO of a PLC in respect of a breach of confidence claim brought by his past employer. Adam is also actively involved in Manleys’ renowned media and sports practice, assisting with a range of matters from urgent pre-publication enquiries from media outlets, to reputation management for high profile clients. Presently, he is helping to advise a former member of a globally renowned rock band in a derivative claim and shareholder dispute, and a concurrent intellectual property dispute, against the other members.

    His experience before joining Manleys includes: assisting on a multi-million pound misrepresentation dispute on behalf of an international fast food franchise; advising a national timber and haulage company in respect of a high value dispute with a utility provider over statutory compensation; and securing a freezing injunction against 12 defendants on behalf of a major retail finance provider.

  • Laura Olson

    Senior Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230 000 

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

    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

    Senior Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230000 

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

    Mike Hall

    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.


  • Kate Catherall

    Senior Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230 000 

    Kate joined Manleys as a Consultant Solicitor specialising in Employment Law in January 2014. Kate qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has worked at firms in London, Manchester and latterly as a Partner in Chester, before becoming a Consultant. Kate advises on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious.

    Contentious work includes acting for both Claimants and Respondents in Employment Tribunal claims, typically for unfair and constructive dismissal, discrimination and whistle-blowing. Such disputes often result in settlement in the interests of all parties and Kate is an expert at negotiating favourable terms for her clients and settlement agreements.

    Non-contentious work includes advising on service agreements and employment policies, data protection, the employment aspects of corporate transactions and warranties and advising on large scale business re-organisations and TUPE transfers. Kate advises on HR issues from managing long term sickness absence, to sensitive and often overlapping grievance and disciplinary matters.

    Kate also has a passion for training and has presented numerous seminars for business owners and HR professionals (in conjunction with CIPD) and in-house training for clients. She is a past External Examiner for the College of Law, Chester.

    The Legal 500 has described Kate as “calm, reassuring and practical” and she prides herself on providing accurate, timely and commercial advice, finding the best possible solutions for her clients.

  • Eleni Iles

    Senior Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230 000 

    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.

    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.

  • James Roochove

    Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230 006 

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    James is a specialist in Election Law but has also worked on a wide range of commercial litigation disputes, intellectual property cases (including TV format disputes) and defamation, privacy and media cases.

    James has previously worked extensively in politics, including time at the US Congress, as a Campaign Manager in various parts of the UK, and, more recently, with the Welsh Assembly.

    As well as maintaining an active interest in politics, James volunteers as a contact supervisor at a local Family Contact Centre and provides support to the Legal Advice Centre at the local University of Law.

    Originally from the South, James gained a degree in Politics with North American Studies, and undertook the Law conversion course at Sussex University. Since moving to the North he has developed a love of gravy with his chips, and is delighted to be a part of the Manleys Team.

  • Sarah Bridge

    Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230000 

    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.

    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.

  • Henna Riaz

    Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230 000 

    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.

    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.

  • Emma Patterson

    Consultant

    Tel: 01244 230000 

    Emma practised as a lawyer specialising in Employment Law for nearly ten years. She trained at a medium-sized commercial practice in Liverpool and upon qualification moved in-house with a Police Authority. From there she joined a global law firm where she assisted large companies and public authorities before transferring to a public authority client on secondment who asked her to permanently join their in-house team. After setting up her own business as a HR Consultant and building up her own client base Emma joined Manleys as a Consultant Solicitor specialising in Employment Law in January 2016.

    Emma advises on all employment law issues including staff performance, dismissals, disciplinaries, grievances, sickness absence, leave, redundancies, TUPE and changing terms and conditions. She has a keen interest in handling employment tribunal claims and negotiating settlements on behalf of her clients, both Claimants and Respondents.

    Emma has a special interest in carrying out HR audits/ risk assessments of her clients’ employment issues and assisting with sensitive employee relations issues as well as reviewing and drafting restrictive covenants.

    She is equipped to give advice on how to avoid ending up in the employment tribunal and can bullet-proof contracts of employment and create or update employee handbooks and policies & procedures.

    Clients describe Emma as “Professional, knowledgeable and efficient” and she prides herself on being able to work calmly under pressure and being open and honest with clients.

    Emma is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

  • Jessica Baker

    Trainee Solicitor

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    Jessica is a Trainee Solicitor at our Chester office.

    Part of Jessica’s role as a Trainee Solicitor 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.

    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.