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Peter trained at Weightmans and qualified in 2003. He became a partner in 2011 and leads the firm's local government litigation service.

He acts for local authorities across the country as well as fire and rescue authorities, education establishments and housing providers. Peter has particular expertise in defending professional negligence and human rights claims against social services and education authorities. He also specialises in abuse claims to include historical matters, multi-claimant cases and group actions.

Peter has a special interest in defamation and human rights law. He also represents local authorities at inquests, particularly Article 2 inquiries and inquests that involve safeguarding issues, social care and Children's Services departments.

Peter also lectures and presents on related topics.


Insights Fraudster who sued council for bogus highway accident found guilty by High Court

Doncaster MBC established contempt of court in committal proceedings against a claimant who lied about suffering an injury on the public highway.

Insights Court of Appeal ruling 'serious harm' - Defamation Act 2013

The Court of Appeal has handed down its first judgment on the interpretation of the ‘serious harm’ test under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act…

Insights Well-managed highway infastructure - a new approach to highway maintenance

Today sees the launch of ‘Well-managed Highway Infrastructure’, the production of which has been overseen by the UK Roads Liaison Group.

Insights S.11 repairing obligations in the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has confirmed two key points in relation to a landlord’s potential liability under section 11 Landlord & Tenant Act 1985.

Insights Local government, employers' liability, personal injury

A kerb in the depot of the claimant’s workplace did not breach regulation 12 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992…

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"Peter Wake's 'grasp of complex local government litigation is second to none'."

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"A leading light in abuse matters."

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