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Finlay Graham & Ors v Robert Philcox & Ors (1984)


Effect of enlargement of dominant tenement on existing easements.


Appeal against dismissal of claim to right of way from a house where right had been granted to a top-floor tenant by predecessor who owned both the house and the servient tenement. The appellant claimed that by virtue of s.62(2) Law of Property Act 1925 the right of way had devolved to him as owner of the entire house. The judge had held that it ended when the tenant's lease expired.


Following Wright v Macadam (1949) 2 KB 744 the mere alteration of the house, the dominant tenement, into one dwelling could not have any effect on the existence of the right of way which survived. The character or extent of the burden imposed on the servient tenement had not been enlarged.
Appeal allowed.

Court of Appeal
May LJ, Purchas LJJ
Judgment date
18 April 1984

[1984] QB 747 : [1984] 3 WLR 150 : [1984] 2 All ER 643 : (1984) 48 P & CR 354 : (1984) 81 LSG 1764 : (1984) 128 SJ 470

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