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Southwell v Blackburn [2014]


  • A couple cohabited a property, the claimant having given up a secure tenancy to move in with her partner
  • The couple had no explicit discussion as to the ownership of their home


  • Could the defendant be estopped from denying his cohabitee’s interest in having a secure home for life?


  • Yes


  • An equity in proprietary estoppel does not need to arise from a recognised proprietary interest; it may be from a personal interest
  • £28,500 awarded
  • Unconscionability assessments involve balancing expected benefits and detriment
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