Licensing

Landmark ruling - minimum unit pricing of alcohol to be introduced in Scotland

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The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous judgement confirming that the legislation [Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012] proposed by the Scottish Government to introduce a minimum price of selling alcohol at 50p per unit. More …

Update on Hemming

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On 1st June the ECJ heard arguments on Hemming, the leading case on licensing fees. More …

Queen's Birthday extension of licensing hours

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Licensing hours will be automatically extended on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th June until 1am to celebrate the Queen's birthday. More …

Licensing team resolve crisis for Bristol Tandoor Restaurant

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The Licensing Team recently represented the Urban Tandoor Restaurant in Bristol to resolve a crisis, after it was discovered that the premises did not have a valid premises licence. More …

Deregulation of late night refreshment from 5 November 2015

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If your premises supplies hot food or drink after 11pm, you should be aware of the changes to Late Night Refreshment licensing regime that come into force on 5 November 2015. More …

Unlimited fines in the Magistrates’ Court for some Licensing Act 2003 offences

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By virtue of the entry into force of Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 on 12 March 2015, a number of offences under the Licensing Act 2003 are no longer limited to the previous statutory maximum financial penalty of £20,000. More …

BULLETIN: Licensing law news, February 2014

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We may only be 2 months in to 2014, but this year has already seen numerous Consultations, High Court decisions and Government strategy documents that have the potential to significantly effect the licensing framework and those operating within the sector. More …

Local alcohol action areas

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Twenty areas across England and Wales are being established as Local Alcohol Action Areas. More …

Cost of duty

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The Government has confirmed that, subject to parliamentary approval, the ban on selling alcohol below the cost of duty will come into force on 6 April 2014 as an additional mandatory condition. More …

High Court rules on procedural defects

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Clients may be interested to know that the High Court has recently ruled that relatively minor procedural defects in the application or enforcement process will not fatally undermine the proceedings as a whole. More …