Darnley v Croydon Health Services: whose duty of care?

Weightmans London
Starts: 16/05/2019 17:00 - 18:15

This event has now finished.

Our healthcare team are pleased to announce the next event in our Spring 2019 healthcare training programme, details of which are below. Booking is essential, so please register using the form below to secure your place.

In Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust ([2018] UKSC 50), Mr Darnley attended A&E with a head injury and was advised that he would have to wait up to 4 - 5 hours before being seen by a clinician. He decided that he could not wait that long and left the hospital. After leaving A&E he collapsed and developed permanent brain damage.

The Supreme Court held that the trust was liable to the patient as the A&E receptionist owed him a duty of care.  

The seminar will be delivered by Philip Havers QC of 1 Crown Office Row, leading counsel for the defendant NHS trust in Darnley, together with junior counsel, Emma-Louise Fenelon and Charlotte Gilmartin. 

The seminar will cover:

  • How to approach the question of ‘the duty of care’ in a healthcare context
  • The limits of Darnley – when will such a duty be imposed? 
  • Focus on the facts
  • The final hurdle: causation – in what circumstances will the chain be broken? 


  • 5:00pm - Registration
  • 5:15pm - Start
  • 6:15pm - Drinks and canapés


Weightmans, The Hallmark Building, 105 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 5JG

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