Oliver Manley > Chambers of Anna Vigars KC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Anna Vigars KC
Guildhall Chambers

Work Department

Commercial; Personal Injury; Professional Negligence; TCC; Costs; Inquests


Oliver is a commercial, property & estates and personal injury barrister with considerable experience in resolving all manner of disputes arising from his practice areas. He regularly appears in both the High Court and County Court and is consistently instructed in cases at all stages, from advisory, pre-action, interlocutory applications, trial, costs and appeals.

Oliver has been invited and thereafter spoke at the annual Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA) conference and the Public Law Project annual conference. He is also happy to offer talks and presentations specifically tailored to instructing solicitors needs if required.


Called 2005

Oliver has an impressive and diverse commercial/chancery practice and has consistently accepted instructions in:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Debt Claims
  • Sale and supply of goods and services
  • Agency agreements
  • Construction
  • Partnership disputes
  • Consumer credit
  • Professional negligence
  • Costs

Oliver has built a successful and substantial practice in Personal Injury. He covers all areas of negligence and represents both Claimants and Defendants. He deals predominantly with Multi Track work but is also happy to be instructed on FT work, if appropriate. He is regularly instructed to appear at CCMCs, interlocutory applications and of course trials. Oliver accepts instructions to deal with matters on a CFA with no uplift. He will not charge for his initial advice should the case lack prospects.

Oliver is approachable, has considerable experience and is noted for his ability to instil the complete confidence of both his professional and lay clients.


  • BVC (Very Competent) (2005)
  • PgDip (Merit) (2004)
  • BA (Hons) History (2002)

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver Manley – Guildhall Chambers ‘Oliver is extremely knowledgeable in professional negligence matters, and possesses strategic nous. His calm temperament and ability to explain matters in lay terms is very reassuring.’

At Guildhall Chambers, the ‘exceptionally brightHugh Sims KC has an excellent reputation for representing claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. John Virgo has established strength in cases in the financial arena, while Oliver Manley has niche expertise in handling cases involving negligent immigration advice. Jay Jagasia regularly acts for financial institutions in professional negligence matters. James Wibberley is singled out for his solid experience in handling claims brought against solicitors.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Oliver ManleyGuildhall Chambers ‘A personable and engaging junior. He provides incisive and user-friendly advice.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Oliver ManleyGuildhall ChambersAn excellent barrister. Oliver is always well prepared and his work is thorough and detailed. He puts clients at ease.’