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As Good As Your Word? The Promissory Estoppel Challenge

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Law in a nutshell

Promissory estoppel is a valuable doctrine available to someone who believes they’ve suffered unfairness, having been promised something that fails to materialise. In the private client context, it invariably involves an adult child seeking a remedy after a parent’s will does not leave a promised inheritance. The doctrine is based on fairness and proportionality. 

What's covered?

What promissory estoppel is, its importance, how you use this in the law and case law examples.

Estimated length

20mins

Recommended knoweldge level  

Intermediate

Knowledge check

3 questions at the end to check your understanding