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Thomas v Sorrell (1673)

Facts

  • Sorrel sold alcohol without a licence

Issue

  • Was Sorrel in breach of statute?

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • According to Chief Justice Vaughan:

    “A dispensation or license properly passeth no interest, nor alters or transfers property in anything, but only makes an action lawful, which without it had been unlawful.”

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