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Last updated: 21-Jun-2015

Lord Scott of Foscote in Yeoman’s Row Management Ltd v Cobbe [2008] UKHL 55 defined the nature of a proprietary estoppel in the following words:

[14] … An "estoppel" bars the object of it from asserting some fact or facts, or, sometimes, something that is a mixture of fact and law, that stands in the way of some right claimed by the person entitled to the benefit of the estoppel. The estoppel becomes a "proprietary" estoppel – a sub-species of a "promissory" estoppel – if the right claimed is a proprietary right, usually a right to or over land but, in principle, equally available in relation to chattels or choses in action.

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