Elissa Da Costa-Waldman has successfully represented a Respondent defending a claim by his former partner for a half share of his £500,000 home. The couple were never married and never lived together, although the Applicant claimed her former partner had received considerable assistance from her and her family in renovating and improving his three-bedroom home.

In dismissing the claim, Judge Vivian Chapman QC said he entirely rejected the suggestion that the “whole episode was a deceitful scheme…to get the property renovated by her family free of charge.” The Respondent recovered his costs in full.

The case has attracted considerable media attention.