Apocalypse Averted: Proprietary Estoppel in the House of Lords
Law Quarterly Review, pp. 535-542, 2008
Posted: 28 Oct 2009
Date Written: 2009
This note considers the decision of the House of Lords in Thorner v Major  UKHL 18. It considers its effect on the doctrine of proprietary estoppel and its treatment of the earlier House of Lords decision in Yeoman’s Row Management Ltd v Cobbe. It welcomes the fact that the Thorner decision involves a withdrawal, by the majority of the House of Lords, from the strict positions adopted by each of Lord Scott and Lord Walker in the earlier case. The note considers how proprietary estoppel will operate in the future, particularly in cases where one party relies on another’s commitment to give that party a right in the future.
Keywords: land law, Estoppel
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