“For every promise, there is a price to pay” Re-visiting the Doctrine of Proprietary Estoppel in Guest v Guest [2020] EWCA Civ 387

“The basic ingredients for proprietary estoppel are well known, and many property practitioners would feel comfortable in spotting an estoppel when it has arisen.  However, there is a shadowy question that is often avoided – assuming the estoppel is established, what is the actual result?…”

In this article, Zara Mahmood re-visits the doctrine of proprietary estoppel and discusses the recent judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal in Guest v Guest [2020] EWCA Civ 387. The decision marks the latest in a long succession of proprietary estoppel cases that have appeared before the courts concerning inheritance disputes within the farming industry. The case also provides a useful insight into the way in which the court has fashioned a remedy for the equity.

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