Thompson v Park

Thompson v Park [1944] KB 408 is an English law case, concerning licenses in land.

Thompson v Park
February 1963 DETAIL, FRONT DOOR - Reading-Large House, 119 Main Street, Flemington, Hunterdon County, NJ HABS NJ,10-FLEM,1-8.tif
CourtCourt of Appeal
Decided28 February 1944
Citation(s)[1944] KB 408
Licence; revoked; possible breach of joint venture contract; whether forcible re-entry trespass; whether re-entry proper for right to sue for damages in a non-commercial, school context


Mr Thompson, the school's headmaster, wanted an injunction for Mr Park to leave his school, after Mr Park had forced his way back into the premises which they had amalgamated as a joint venture together at Broughton Hall, Eccleshall, Staffordshire. Park had a class of 25 pupils before relations broke down, and Thompson had revoked the licence. Park countered that he had been denied of his investment.


Goddard LJ granted the injunction because of the behaviour Park demonstrated.[1]

... the court cannot specifically enforce an agreement for two people to live peaceably under the same roof - yet, of course, if the contract is broken, [B] has got a common law remedy in damages, which, if he is right, might be heavy. [B], however did not seek the intervention of the court, but took the law into his own hands and remedied the grievances under which he felt he was suffering in a manner which seems to me to have been wholly deplorable, all the more so when one considers that he is in charge of small boys at a preparatory school and ought to be inculcating into them a respect for authority and discipline. It appears to me that on his own showing he has been guilty at least of riot, affray, wilful damage, forcible entry and, perhaps, conspiracy… The licensee, once his licence is withdrawn, has no right to re-enter on the land. If he does, he is a common trespasser.

Not followed inEdit

Distinguished inEdit

  • Luganda v Service Hotels Ltd [1969] 2 Ch 209; EWCA[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1944] KB 408, 409-410
  2. ^ a b "Index card Thompson v Park - ICLR".