Home > Latest News > Supreme Court: CN & GN v Poole Borough Council


Supreme Court: CN & GN v Poole Borough Council




Today (16th July 2018) The Supreme Court will begin hearing the appeal in CN & GN v Poole Borough Council. This is scheduled for one and a half days.

The defendant is represented by Edward Faulks QC, Paul Stagg and Katie Ayres, instructed by Rob Hams of Wansbroughs.

This appeal will consider the issue of whether the case of D v East Berkshire Community NHS Trust [2004] QB 558 is correct and should continue to govern the position of local authorities in respect of their duties to children living in their areas.

The appeal is being heard over a day and a half by Lady Hale (President), Lord Reed (Deputy President), Lord Wilson, Lord Hodge and Lady Black.

Further information: https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/uksc-2018-0012.html

The facts

The appellants were, at the material times, children. CN suffered from severe physical and learning difficulties. They were placed in housing by the respondent Council, and alleged that before the placement, the Council was aware that a family lived in nearby accommodation who engaged in persistently anti-social behaviour. This family repeatedly subjected the appellants to significant harassment and abuse, and CN attempted suicide. The appellants brought claims against the Council for breach of a common law duty of care derived from statutory duties under the Children Act 1989.

 

Judgment appealed: [2017] EWCA Civ 2185

 

This can be followed live here.

 

 

Latest Stop Press Read more


Francesca O'Neill re-elected to the Bar Council

25th October 2018

We are pleased to announce that Francesca O'Neill (2012) has been re-elected to the Bar Council for a three year term.

Read more

Successful defence of a multimillion pound occupational stress case: Piepenbrock v London School of Economics

5th October 2018

Following a ten day trial in July, Nicola Davies J has dismissed a claim brought by a teaching fellow against his former employer, the LSE.  The claim arose out of an incident that occurred on a trip that the Claimant and his Graduate Teaching Assistant (“GTA”) took to the...

Read more