Briefing note Thorner v Majors and others

1st September 2009

The House of Lords has recently handed down its judgment in Thorner v Majors and others [2009] UKHL 18; The Times, 26 March 2009.

Alex Troup

The case concerns the doctrine of proprietary estoppel and will henceforth be the leading case on the application of that doctrine in the non-commercial context. It is to be contrasted with the House of Lords’ decision in Cobbe v Yeomans Row Management Ltd [2008] 1 WLR 1752 which concerns the application of proprietary estoppel in a commercial context.

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