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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.

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Insights Vicarious liability – the Supreme Court restores order

The Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the appeals of two defendant organisations against findings that they were vicariously liable for the…

Insights A right to silence

In recent years there has been something of a proliferation of contempt actions brought by defendants and/or insurers in the context of fraudulent…

Insights Foster families and human rights

In an important judgment, the Court of Appeal has confirmed the general application of Article 8...

Insights Detention and the law – another Supreme Court decision

This is the third decision on this topic in recent months and comes after the cases of R (Hemmati & Ors) v Secretary of State for the Home Department…

Insights Civil Justice Council - Vulnerable witnesses and recommendations for change

The Civil Justice Council has published its report into the problems that vulnerable witnesses face in civil courts.

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Peter Wake is an "excellent communicator and an effective negotiator who gives clear and comprehensive advice". Wake has considerable experience of defending abuse claims against schools, local authorities and other organisations. Legal 500 2019

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Peter Wake is an "excellent communicator and an effective negotiator who gives clear and comprehensive advice". Wake has considerable experience of defending abuse claims against schools, local authorities and other organisations.

Legal 500 2019

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

Legal 500

"A leading light in abuse matters."

Legal 500
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