Public house, private name

The Samuel Smith Old Brewery, Tadcaster, is being taken to the High Court by a couple from Lincoln, who are seeking a court order to ban Smiths from using their business name, Wig and Mitre, for a business run by the brewery next door.

Michael and Valerie Hope, who run the Wig and Mitre at 30 Steep Hill, Lincoln, are seeking injunctions restraining the use of the name on the brewery’s property next door at number 29. They claim the name is their registered trade mark and want an order that Smiths remove it from all goods, materials and articles in its possession.