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Land Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Land Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (7th edn)

Victoria Sayles
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date: 28 November 2023

p. 16511. Licences and proprietary estoppellocked

p. 16511. Licences and proprietary estoppellocked

  • Victoria SaylesVictoria SaylesVisiting Lecturer, BPP and University of Law


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses licences. A licence is permission given by the licensor to the licensee to allow the latter to enter the land of the former, which, without such permission would otherwise amount to a trespass. Different types of licences have different rules in relation to the original parties and successors in title. A bare licence is revocable by the licensor and does not bind a third party. A licence coupled with an interest, ie a profit à prendre, may be irrevocable and may bind a third party whilst the interest remains. Contractual licences arise under the terms of a contract. An estoppel licence arises as a result of a representation by the licensor and a detrimental reliance by the licensee. It is binding between these two parties but is also capable of binding a third party.

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