The rule of equitable (or promissory) estoppel by ProQuest


An examination question will not usually require an explanation and analysis of equitable estoppel. What is more likely is a description and application of the rule in a particular scenario. So where a party has waived their contractual rights against another party, and that other party has altered their position in reliance on the waiver, it would be unjust to allow an action against them on the original contract to succeed. In Central London Property Trust v High Trees House (1947) KB130; (1956) 1 AII ER 256, estoppel was applied to a negative promise, i.e. where one party promised not to enforce their full rights. By 1945 the tenants were able to let the flats fully and the landlords took action to recover the rent at the original contract rate.

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