This is going to be a very interesting co-habitee case to follow. Mr Patrick has won the right to appeal a previous court decision and is claiming that because he lived with his partner as man and wife, was engaged to her and that she promised him a share of the value of her property empire, he should receive a payout in the region of £3.5million.
In situations where couples are not married but living together the relevant law that has to be consider is scattered around various statutes. it can be very difficult to succeed with these types of claims. A lot of evidence has to be provided and the couple often have completely different views about what type of relationship they had which is why these cases often end up in court.
We shall be watching these proceedings as they progress.
Mr Patrick, 44, says he and Mrs McKinley had a 'whirlwind romance' within months of him moving into the garage flat at Faylands, near Henley, Oxfordshire after she took him on as a 'handyman'. She says he moved into a spare room in the main house 'sometime during 2003', but denies his claim they lived 'as man and wife'.