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Davies v Davies [2014]


  • The claimant worked on her parents farm, and was paid for milking the cows
  • The claimant did far more than this, under the assurance that the farm would one day be hers


  • Had the claimant suffered detriment capable of giving rise of proprietary estoppel?


  • Yes


  • This case re-confirmed that proprietary estoppel requires an assurance made to the claimant, reasonable reliance and detriment, none of which were to be ‘treated in watertight containers’
  • By taking a wage cut, and then significantly contributing to the success of the farm, the claimant has suffered detriment
  • Her award would be decided at a later hearing
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