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The Modern Law of Estoppel$
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Elizabeth Cooke

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198262220

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262220.001.0001

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Would It Be Unconscionable …?

Would It Be Unconscionable …?

(p.84) 6 Would It Be Unconscionable …?
The Modern Law of Estoppel


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In deciding whether or not it is wrong, or unconscionable, for the maker of a representation to go back on it, the courts consider a number of factors. One must look at the conditions for estoppel once a representation has been made out. If the historical distinction between common law and equitable estoppels no longer reflects the way decisions are made, then in all cases of estoppel a decision is taken about unconscionability (or inequity); that is, whether or not it is wrong for the maker of a representation to go back on it. In deciding this, the court looks at whether or not there has been detrimental reliance on the representation, and is free to consider other factors. This chapter considers unconscionability as the deciding factor in the question of whether or not there is an estoppel and then examines detrimental reliance and other factors relevant to that decision.

Keywords:   common law, unconscionability, detrimental reliance, representation

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