Peter Mant practises in public and administrative law, professional discipline and costs. His particular areas of specialism within the broad field of public law include human rights, mental health, community care, local government, prisons and Court of Protection. His professional discipline and costs practice compliment his public law work and encompass related areas of professional negligence and commercial law.
Peter has experience of acting and advising in a broad range of public law cases in addition to the specific fields identified above. Examples include:
“Technically excellent, he has a persuasive manner in court, and is calm and quietly confident.” Chambers & Partners 2015
Peter has a busy Court of Protection practice, instructed by the Official Solicitor, families, local authorities and NHS bodies. He has acted and advised in a wide variety of cases, including:
He is instructed in mental health cases, including judicial review claims, first-tier tribunal hearings, appeals to the upper tribunal and applications to displace the nearest relative under section 29 of the Mental Health Act 1983. His recent cases have included challenges to community treatment orders and guardianship, as well as detention in hospital.
He has advised and acted in a wide range of community care matters, including:
Peter has a particular interest in human rights and international law, having worked at the registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg between September 2009 and February 2010. Many of the cases in which he is instructed raise human rights issues, particularly issues concerning deprivation of liberty under article 5 and the right to family life under article 8.
He has acted for individuals in a range of claims for damages under the Human Rights Act 1998, including:
Peter acted on behalf of a domestic worker in one of the leading cases on diplomatic immunity in employment claims (Abusabib v Taddese).
Peter acts for interested parties in inquests and inquiries, especially those with a public element and where article 2 is engaged. He was instructed as junior counsel on behalf of the Food Standards Agency in the Public Inquiry into the September 2005 Outbreak of E.coli O157 in South Wales in which a number of school children died.
He currently is acting on behalf of the family of a young army recruit who died at Deepcut barracks, seeking a fresh inquest into her death.
Peter also undertakes VAT work, including cases involving MTIC fraud. He acted as junior counsel in 4Distribution Ltd v HMRC  SWTI 643.
Peter is very happy to accept pro bono instruction where appropriate. In recent years, he has worked closely with a number of legal charities and organisations including Liberty, Islington Law Centre and the Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU).
He acted in one of ATLEU’s first cases securing an award of over £80,000 for a migrant domestic worker who had been abused, discriminated against and not paid for several years.
He has recently been involved, with Islington Law Centre, in setting up London’s first not-for-profit community law firm, Green Roots Law
Peter has a busy and expanding regulatory practice, focusing in particular on health care regulation. He has acted and advised in a wide range of cases concerning doctors, nurses, midwives, opticians, pharmacists, biomedical scientists, osteopaths and social workers. He is particularly experienced in High Court appeals, having acted or advised (either as sole counsel or as junior) in almost every appeal brought by the Professional Standards Authority against decisions of health care regulators in the last year.
Costs work and related commercial claims account for about a third of Peter’s practice. He regularly appears in costs hearings – including detailed assessments and appeals – in the SCCO, the High Court and the county courts. Matters in which Peter recently has been instructed include:
Peter Mant is recommended by Chambers & Partners 2015 in the area of Court of Protection: Health & Welfare. Clients are quoted as saying: “Technically excellent, he has a persuasive manner in court, and is calm and quietly confident.” “He has a quiet but authoritative manner, is very measured and calm but is absolutely on the ball and able to put his foot down when necessary.