Announcement – Katy Manley PNLA President joins BPE Solicitors as Consultant

The Litigation team at Cheltenham-based BPE Solicitors is delighted to welcome Katy Manley to the team as a consultant.

Katy is looking forward working with the BPE team and is photographed with partner John Carter.

Katy is a well-recognised expert solicitor and a leading name for claimant professional negligence work. She brings a wealth of experience and connections to the highly rated BPE team, who have known and worked with Katy for some time.

John Carter, the lead partner on professional negligence work at BPE, commented on Katy’s arrival; “It is great for the litigation practice and for BPE as a whole – we are excited to work with Katy and draw on her expertise and insights from her role at the PNLA. She will be a fantastic addition to the team.”

Katy originally qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked in London until moving to the west country in 1991. She was made an equity partner in a leading Bristol practice in 1995 becoming Head of the Professional Negligence team. Katy formed Manley Turnbull Limited solicitors in 2006 and has now joined BPE.

Katy is one of the leading names for claimant professional negligence work and is known not only for her practice but also from publishing articles and lecturing on this subject. She is a founder member and President of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (‘PNLA’) launched in 2004. With the management team, Katy has been responsible for arranging seminars and events, lobbying Government and consultations with regulatory and other bodies. Consultations include revising the Professional Negligence Pre Action Protocol, the working party for what is now the PNBA Adjudication Scheme and the SRA consultation into the closure of SIF.

Katy has been for many years co-author of the strategy and tactics chapter in the Lloyds looseleaf on Professional Negligence.

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To discuss how BPE can support your business, contact Riyaz Jariwalla or a member of the BPE Litigation team on 01242 224433 or by email

For more information, please contact Victoria Lowe at or 01242 248290.

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BPE also provides personal legal services including family matters, wills, trusts and private wealth.
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