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Campbell v Terence Griffin (1) Peter Laverick (2) Peter Bennett (3) West Sussex County Council (4) CA 27/6/2001. The Claimant (“C”) initially occupied 26 St Botolph’s Road, the property of Mr. and Mrs. Ascough, as a lodger in 1978. At that time the Ascoughs were in their late seventies. For the first five years his position was that of a lodger who got on very well with his landlords. However, as the Ascoughs became increasingly frail they came to rely on C for help, for which they were very grateful. The Ascoughs had no children but two married nieces. C claimed that the Ascoughs treated him like a son, something, which due to his own troubled childhood he welcomed.

26 September 2001

Campbell v Terence Griffin (1) Peter Laverick (2) Peter Bennett (3) West Sussex County Council (4) CA 27/6/2001.

The Claimant (“C”) initially occupied 26 St Botolph’s Road the property of Mr. and Mrs. Ascough as a lodger in 1978. At that time the Ascoughs were in their late seventies. For the first five years his position was that of a lodger who got on very well with his landlords. However as the Ascoughs became increasingly frail they came to rely on C for help for which they were very grateful. The Ascoughs had no children but two married nieces. C claimed that the Ascoughs treated him like a son something which due to his own troubled childhood he welcomed.

From 1987 onwards the Ascoughs repeatedly assured C that whatever happened he would have a home for life. C had paid board and lodgings until 1992 when the Ascoughs refused to take any more. C continued to incur expenses on their behalf for which he was not reimbursed. The elderly couple...

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