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Cobbe v Yeoman’s Row Management Ltd [2008]

Facts

  • The claimant engaged in significant effort in obtaining planning permission towards contractual negotiations

Issue

  • Could the other negotiating party be estopped from not completing a contract?

Decision

  • No

Reasoning

  • No proprietary estoppel as the the claimant was well aware that he did not have an enforceable contract in place
  • Estoppel does not apply as easily to experienced businessmen
  • Reliance was not reasonable
  • A quantum meruit claim was available to compensate for efforts expended in obtaining planning permission, however
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