In the present case, the applicant sought the extension until trial or further order of an interim injunction granted ex parte against the defendants. This application was accepted by the trial judge, Sir Neil Lawson J., for reasons which will be set out presently. Before proceeding to the findings of the judge, the factual background to this litigation will be set out. The plaintiff firm in the present case had been in the business of equipping suitable venues with coin-operated amusement machines for almost 20 years. A considerable proportion of their business consisted of follow-up services and thus most of their clientele were geographically proximate to the firm. A local brewery which had over 57 tied undertakings supplied its tenants with a list of recommended games suppliers
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