Estate Planning: Farmer succeeds in proprietary estoppel claim against his own son!!!

In yet another family farm dispute, and there have been many recently, farmer JM Gee has made a successful proprietary estoppel claim on £8 million of farm assets, on the basis that his father assured him for 30 years that he would inherit the lion’s share of the farm.

The really unusual feature of the case (Gee v Gee, 2018 EWHC 1393 Ch) is that the claimant’s father, JR Gee, had gifted his Oxfordshire farm to his grandson Robert – the claimant’s own son – and omitted the claimant from the succession altogether.


The full case may be found at –