Winter Garden Theatre (London) v Millennium Productions [1948]

Facts

  • A contractual licence was granted by a theatre owner to a production company to use the theatre for productions
  • The licence gave the licensee production company the right to terminate the licence on 6 weeks’ notice at the end of and 6 month period
  • The licence did not give the licensor owner a right to terminate
  • The licensor sought to evict the licensee, providing 1 month’s notice

Issue

  • Was the revocation notice effective?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • A licence may not grant rights which exceed those capable of being granted by way of a lease
  • ‘Perpetual’ licences may be revoked on reasonable notice
  • 1 month’s notice was reasonable
RELATED CASE  Wong v Beaumont Property Trust [1965]

Posted in Land Law Revision Notes.

This page was last updated on 24th April 2015

© 2020 Webstroke Law - Terms and Privacy Policy