Case details

Armes (Appellant) v Nottinghamshire County Council (Respondent)

Case ID: UKSC 2016/0004

Case summary


Whether the local authority who placed the appellant into foster care is liable in respect of the physical and sexual abuse suffered by the appellant and perpetrated by her foster carers, even though the local authority was not negligent in connection with the foster placement.


The appellant was in the care of the respondent local authority from the age of seven to eighteen. The local authority placed the appellant into foster care with Mr and Mrs A between 25 March 1985 and March 1986, and with Mr and Mrs B between 23 October 1987 and 28 February 1988. The appellant had been physically abused by Mrs A, and sexually abused by Mr B. Her claim that the local authority was liable for the abuse she suffered was dismissed by the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.

Judgment appealed



Natasha Armes


Nottinghamshire County Council



Lady Hale, Lord Kerr, Lord Clarke, Lord Reed, Lord Hughes

Hearing start date

08 Feb 2017

Hearing finish date

09 Feb 2017

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