Gillett v Holt [2000]

No need for irrevocable promise.
Plaintiff spent working life as farm manager of
wealthy landowner.
Defendant landowner promised on several occasions that
he would leave business and farmhouse to plaintiff.
But relations then deteriorated and plaintiff was
dismissed.
Defendant altered his will in favour of another.
Plaintiff sought equitable relief based on proprietary
estoppel.
Trial judge dismissed on basis there was no
irrevocable promise that plaintiff would inherit.
Court of Appeal reversed decision.
Not necessary to have irrevocable promise to found proprietary
estoppel.
Sufficient if there were repeated assurances which
were intended to be relied upon, and were relied upon.