Greasley v Cooke: 1980

For a proprietary estoppel to arise the plaintiff must have incurred expenditure or otherwise have prejudiced himself or acted to his detriment. However, once it has been established that promises were made, and that there has been conduct by the plaintiff of such a nature that inducement may be inferred then the burden of proof shifts to the defendants to establish that he did not rely on the promises
References: [1980] 1 WLR 1306, [1980] 3 All ER 710
This case is cited by:

  • Cited – Wayling v Jones CA 2-Aug-1993
    The plaintiff and defendant were in a homosexual reationship. The plaintiff worked for the defendant for nominal expenses against his repeated promise to leave the business to him in his will. A will was made to that effect, but the defendant sold . .
    (Gazette 02-Aug-93, [1993] 69 PandCR 170)
  • Cited – Gillett v Holt and Another CA 23-Mar-2000
    Repeated Assurances Created Equitable Estoppel
    Repeated assurances, given over years, that the claimant would acquire an interest in property on the death of the person giving the re-assurance, and upon which the claimant relied to his detriment, could found a claim of equitable estoppel. The . .
    (Times 17-Mar-00, Gazette 23-Mar-00, , [2000] EWCA Civ 66, [2001] Ch 210, [2000] 2 All ER 289, [2000] 2 WTLR 195, [2000] Fam Law 714, [2000] 1 FCR 705, [2000] 3 WLR 815, [2000] 2 FLR 266)
  • Cited – Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd v Olympia Homes Limited, Hughes etc ChD 17-Jun-2005
    The claimant sought rectification of the land register. In a development deal, an option agreement had not been registered, and the land sold on. The land was required to allow the building of a roundabout necessary for the intended store. An . .
    (, [2005] EWHC 1235 (Ch))
  • Cited – Gill v Woodall and Others ChD 5-Oct-2009
    The claimant challenged her late mother’s will which had left the entire estate to a charity. She asserted lack of knowledge and approval and coercion, and also an estoppel. The will included a note explaining that no gift had been made because she . .
    (, [2009] EWHC B34 (Ch), [2009] EWHC 834 (Ch))

These lists may be incomplete.
Last Update: 27 November 2020; Ref: scu.193797