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Dr Jess Mant

Dr Jess Mant

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 5597
2.07, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


My main research interests lie in the fields of access to justice, legal aid, family law, and socio-legal theory and methods. Within the Law department at Cardiff, I currently co-lead the Family Law module, teach on the Legal Foundations (LeFo) module, and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.


Aside from my teaching and research, I also sit on the Executive Board of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), where I act as Social Media Officer and Blog Editor, as well as sit on the Book Committee and EDI Committee. As part of this role, I am responsible for managing the social media profiles of the Association, as well as co-judging nominations which are made to the annual SLSA socio-legal book prizes.

Since arriving in Cardiff, I have devoted time to learning basic Welsh Language skills, and passed my Mynediad exam in July 2019.

I actively tweet about my research (and other subjects of interest) from @JessMant1.

Professional memberships

  • I act as an Executive Officer on the board of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA).
  • I am also a member of the Litigant in Person Network (part of the Litigant in Person Support Strategy).
  • I work closely with charitable organisations such as the Public Law Project.







I currently co-lead the final year Family Law module, and teach on the first year Legal Foundations (LeFo) module. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the area of family law, legal aid, access to justice, and remote hearings.

I obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.

My research specialisms span across the fields of access to justice, legal aid, family law, and socio-legal theory and methods.

My forthcoming monograph, Litigants in Person and the Family Justice System (Hart publishing, 2022) provides the first comprehensive book on the role of legal aid and issues of access to justice for unrepresented parties in family law. I sit on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Society, and am a trustee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association. I have authored several book chapters and articles on issues of access to justice and socio-legal methods in journals such as the Child and Family Law Quarterly and German Law Journal, and have previously edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law on the impact of legal aid on family law.

I work closely with the legal aid and not-for-profit sector, including organisations like the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Public Law Project, and Welsh Women’s Aid, in conducting and disseminating my research. In 2021, I collaborated with Dr Daniel Newman (Cardiff University) and Dr Jacqueline Kinghan (Newcastle University) to design and implement the first ever Legal Aid Census. The findings of this project are due to be published in late 2021, and this will provide an unprecedented insight into the working conditions and challenges faced by the legal aid sector following the impacts of austerity, legal aid reform, and COVID-19.


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