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This article looks at the impact of the Osman decision in English law, discussing whether or not its influence will survive those recent decisions in the Court of Human Rights e.g. Z v United Kingdom [2001] 2 FLR 612. In cases such as this the Strasbourg Court has virtually reversed the decision in Osman, finding that 'the absence of an action for negligence against a public authority did not breach Article 6 of the Convention'. 2001 EHRLR Vol 6, 599-615