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The Law of Estoppel – Discussion and Drinks

Thursday 4 November 2021
The Hoxton Hotel, 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD
1.0 CPD

We would like to invite you to join Michael Barnes QC and Zoë Barton QC in a discussion about The Law of Estoppel (2020), examining the forms of estoppel in operation today, including estoppel by record (res iudicata), as well as of the associated doctrine of election. We are delighted to announce that the event will be chaired by Sir Paul Morgan, who joined Wilberforce as an arbitrator last week following a distinguished career as a barrister and High Court Judge.

The seminar will take place from 6.30pm at ‘The Apartment’ event space at The Hoxton Hotel on High Holborn, and drinks and canapes will follow from 7.30pm.

Hart Publishing will be joining us at the event selling copies of the book, should you wish to make a purchase.

A book synopsis from Michael Barnes QC:

“This book is intended to provide a comprehensive statement of the whole of the law of estoppel in this country. It includes estoppel by record (res iudicata) and there is a chapter on the allied subject of election. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the main forms of estoppel as they stand today, that is estoppel by representation, estoppel by deed, estoppel by convention, promissory estoppel, proprietary estoppel and estoppel by record. The general format is that for each form of estoppel, and for election, the historical background and the current status of the estoppel are explained, followed by a statement of the essential elements of the estoppel and then a detailed analysis of each element. Each chapter concludes with a brief summary of the law and of the matters which have to be proved to establish the estoppel in question. A separate chapter covers those general matters which arise for most forms of estoppel such as when an estoppel can benefit or burden third parties and the possible conflict between estoppel and statutory provisions, especially where the law is unclear on such questions. Estoppel has developed vigourously in Australia and New Zealand, in some ways more flexibly than in the UK, and there is an explanation of principles and of leading cases in these jurisdictions.”

Your speakers:

Michael Barnes QC: Michael is a highly esteemed silk, mainly practising in the areas of property and administrative law. The Law of Estoppel (2020) is his third book from Hart Publishing – following The Law of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation (2014) and The Law of Rights of Light (2016).

Sir Paul Morgan: Sir Paul joined Wilberforce as an arbitrator on 1st October 2021, having recently retired as a High Court Judge after serving for over 14 years. Sir Paul brings with him an established reputation as a barrister (where he principally specialised in property law) and judge with experience spanning the full range of litigation in the Chancery Division.

Zoë Barton QC: Ranked as a leading barrister in multiple practice areas, Zoë is “an impressive and formidable new silk” (The Legal 500 2021), particularly noted for her strong technical understanding of property and trusts. This expertise serves as the foundation of a practice which extends to encompass civil fraud and commercial disputes as well as professional negligence disputes.

We hope you are able to join us. To RSVP or if you have any questions, please feel free to email

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