Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust & Anor (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1676 (QB) (08 July 2016)

The case was taken by D to the Court of Appeal and the appeal was allowed: see [2015] EWCA Civ 1119. The case was remitted to trial judge for further consideration in light of the Court of Appeal’s decision…

It follows that before I can come to a final decision on the competing arguments in this case, I will need to receive from the parties their submissions, by reference to the evidence given at the trial before me (whether expert or otherwise), on what the objectively assessed reasonable needs of the Claimant were in the pre-negligence situation… (paragraph 60)

I regret very much that I cannot reach a final conclusion at this stage, but the position is much less clear than I would have thought it ought to have been. The landscape I am required or permitted to survey is unclear and I do need to have the fullest picture before proceeding further… (paragraph 62)

Not unnaturally, it would be far better if the parties could resolve their differences by agreement. The Defendants have established what they will regard as a point of principle. It is to be hoped that, for the sake of a severely disadvantaged Claimant with a limited life expectancy, some satisfactory settlement could now be achieved…. (paragraph 63)