Southwell v Blackburn

Estoppel – Conduct. The parties had been in a relationship and had lived together in a house bought by the defendant for that purpose. When the relationship ended, the claimant issued proceedings contending that the property had been held for the benefit of both of them in equal shares. The judge upheld the claimant's claim to an enforceable equity by operation of proprietary estoppel. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, dismissed the defendant's appeal as the judge had not erred in finding that the defendant had made representations to the claimant, on which she had relied and acted to her detriment, regarding the provision to her of a home for life.

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