The eagerly awaited decision of the Supreme Court in Jones v Kernott has now been handed down.  The Supreme Court has overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal regarding what should happen in respect of a property owned jointly by an unmarried couple, where only one of them went on to pay the mortgage and the cost of the upkeep on the property for some 14 years after they separated.

The judgment in Kernott v Jones, and its implications for the millions of unmarried couples who cohabit in this country, is considered in the attached article by Hannah Minty, a solicitor in the family team.

Supreme Court decision on property rights for unmarried couple November 2011.pdf