Proprietary estoppel does the recent Court of Appeal case of Southwell v Blackburn change anything for cohabitees?

By: Juliet
On: Monday, 5 January, 2015

Charlotte Sanders, Assistant Solicitor, Vardags
Beatrice Carro, Trainee, Vardags


The recent court of appeal case of Southwell v Blackburn [2014] EWCA Civ 1347 has been heralded by the media as a landmark ruling, whose result could open the floodgates’. In fact, it is more apt to say that the
case merely adopted the less original Victorian doctrine of proprietary estoppel. Indeed, the old doctrine of proprietary estoppel is still used to deal with a modern issue: cohabitation. This is a particularly hot topic as Parliament looks to pass the Cohabitation Rights Bill to protect cohabitees, who have long been relying on …read more

Source: Family Law News