Pulling Your Weight Around the House

Cohabitant had 25% beneficial interest in solely owned property where financial contribution insignificant (Court of Appeal). In Graham-York v York and others [2015] EWCA Civ 72, the Court of Appeal upheld a finding that a cohabitant had a 25% beneficial interest in a property solely owned by her partner, where her financial contribution was insignificant, but she had made domestic contributions.

Effect of Criminal Trespass on Claim for Adverse Possession

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court decision and has held that criminal trespass should not have an adverse effect, on a claim for adverse possession of registered land. The court considered the effect of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which makes it a criminal offence to trespass by “living” in a residential building. (Best v Chief Land Registrar [2015] EWCA Civ 17.)