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. 

In this first bulletin of 2014, our Licensing team sets out these developments and considers some of the implications for those operating in licensed retail.

Please click on the links below to view the articles in February's licensing law news.
Cost of Duty
Our Licensing team looks at the ban on selling alcohol below the cost of duty, which, subject to parliamentary approval, will come into effect on 6 April 2014.

Local Alcohol Action Areas
Our Licensing team looks at the development of Alcohol Action Areas created to encourage local agencies and businesses to address the impact of alcohol on health and crime in their communities.

High Court Rules on Procedural Defects
Our Licensing team discusses the High Courts ruling that minor procedural defects will not automatically undermine application or enforcement proceedings as a whole.

Locally Set Fees - Home Office Consultation
Our Licensing team considers the Home Office's consultation on the move to locally set licensing fees under the Licensing Act 2003.

Fees - The Scottish Position
Our Licensing team looks at the recommendations made in the Scottish Governments report on alcohol licensing fees.

Local Government Association - 'Rewiring public services'
Our Licensing team considers the Local Government Associations call to reform the licensing framework.
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