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Farming disputes and proprietary estoppel: Gee v Gee

Date:4 JUL 2018
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In recent years there has been a procession of farming proprietary estoppel cases the most famous of which was probably Davies v Davies [2016] EWCA Civ 463 [2017] 1 FLR 1286 with the claimant in that case capturing the media’s attention as the ‘Cowshed Cinderella’.

On 11 June 2018 Mr Justice Birss sitting in Bristol handed down judgment on the latest the case of Gee v Gee & Anor [2018] EWHC 1393 (Ch) [2018] All ER (D) 58 (Jun).


The case concerned a farm in Oxfordshire known as ‘Denham Farm’. The farm and the business are currently worth about £8m. However if any significant part of the land becomes development land then it will be worth considerably more. In the meantime the farm continues to produce mostly wheat and barley.

The first defendant and original owner of the farm was John Richard Gee (JR) who is now in his eighties. The second defendant was Robert Gee (Robert) one of JR’s three children.

The claimant was John Michael Gee (JM) another of JR’s children.

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