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Kleinhentz v Harrison & Anor [2020] EWHC 3439 (Ch)

The claimant and the first defendant had lived together for most of the time between 1990 and 2011, although the first defendant denied that they had been in a committed relationship. Upon being asked to leave, the claimant had asserted a beneficial interest in the property in which they lived, and an agreement had been reached whereby he would be paid £250,000 in return for withdrawing that claim. The money in question had not been paid, but the first defendant argued that the conditions necessary for payment had not been met. Deputy Judge Robin Vos found that, taking all the evidence into account, it was clear that the two of them had a long-term, committed relationship which went well beyond being good friends, but the claimant had not had a beneficial interest in the property. The agreement made was binding and valid, but the defendant's obligation to pay was conditional on him receiving a gift or inheritance from his father, and this had not happened. The claims were thus dismissed in their entirety.


Published: 17/12/2020

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