The Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of Darnley-v-Croydon Health Services NHS Trust in favour of Mr Darnley and in so doing has established the principle that the duty of care owed by a hospital to a patient extends to receptionists in an A&E setting and as a consequence a hospital will be responsible for any harm caused to a patient as a result of being given misleading information by A&E receptionists.

Having won in the Supreme Court the case goes back to QBD for assessment of damages. After years of litigation Mr Darnley will finally receive compensation for his catastrophic injuries.

Partner Deborah Blythe has represented Mr Darnley throughout this long-running case.