“The Court of Appeal last week reserved judgment in a case with significant ramifications for claims against local authorities for failure to protect children.

The issue was whether the decision in D v East Berkshire in the Court of Appeal could stand with subsequent decisions of the House of Lords /Supreme Court in Van Colle/Smith and Michael.

It is thought that many cases will be affected by this decision.

Poole were represented by Edward Faulks QC and Paul Stagg of 1 Chancery Lane instructed by Robert Hams of Wansboroughs