Habberfield v Habberfield

Estoppel – Proprietary estoppel. Where the claimant had devoted her working life to her parents' farm, because of assurances that she would eventually take it over, and where she had relied on those assurances to her detriment, she had established her claim based on proprietary estoppel and was entitled to inherit the farm. The farming business had previously operated as a partnership between the claimant's parents prior to the father's death. The Chancery Division ruled that the claimant ought to receive compensation based on what she had been promised, subject to the relevant deductions. The defendant (the claimant's mother) was ordered to pay the claimant a cash sum of £1,170,000, being the value of the relevant farmland and farm buildings, with certain exclusions.

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