“Quickly gets to the real issues and focuses the parties’ minds on solutions.”

“Straightforward and firm as needed.”


Mediata is the specialist commercial mediation service delivered by Mark Manley.

With a hit rate of 91% settlement on Day 1, Mark is one of the leading commercial mediators in the UK.

Mark has nearly 20 years’ experience as a commercial mediator and has handled more than 450 commercial mediations.

He is a registered and accredited mediator with CEDR Solve, ADR Group, ADR Chambers, the Association of Northern Mediators and Early Resolutions, and is a panel Mediator for Sports Resolutions.

He has particular expertise in mediating media, sports and entertainment cases, involving highly sensitive issues of reputation, commercial interests and confidentiality.

Mark’s background is in dispute resolution law. With over 30 years experience as a commercial litigator, Mark has sat as a Deputy District Judge on the Northern Circuit since 2004. He is also the Managing Director of a successful litigation practice in London and Chester, Manleys.

Mark is known for his robust approach to mediation, and his ability to test the strengths and weaknesses in cases to identify areas for settlement.

He is also recommended by Chambers & Partners UK and The Legal 500 UK for mediation.

Mark Manley


Mark Manley wins plaudits from market sources… Extremely pragmatic and has a real skill of being able to engage with clients and test them, without causing offence.
Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession

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Why not consider Mediata for your next mediation?


If you are looking to appoint a mediator, it is just as important to understand their style of mediation, as well as their experience.

Mark is known for his highly distinctive approach to mediation – robust, incisive and direct, while maintaining respect for confidentiality and sensitivites around the issues.

As a highly experienced mediator, Mark has honed a style which draws out the real issues of a dispute quickly, and keeps parties focused on reaching early settlement.

For more information about Mediata’s pragmatic, straight-talking approach to commercial mediation, get in touch.

  • Robust

Firm stance to keep discussions on track and progressing in a constructive direction.

  • Capable

Used to dealing with successful people with strong personalities, building trust and confidence with all parties to get to settlement sooner.

  • Pragmatic

Understanding the commercial realities of a dispute to bring matters to settlement.

  • Sensible

Taking the heat of the situation while remaining direct and unequivocal with parties.

  • Responsive

Adaptable to changes in direction of negotiations, maintaining all parties’ focus on moving discussions forward.

Commercial mediation services

Experienced in mediating the full range of business disputes:

  • Contract disputes
  • Breach of warranty claims
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Companies Act Unfair Prejudice and Derivative claims
  • Partnership disputes
  • Professional negligence claims
  • Insurance disputes
  • Agency disputes
  • Construction disputes


Commercial Mediation Services
Mediation Services for Media, Sports & Entertainment

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Pragmatic, practical and sensible.