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High Court dismisses challenge to Liverpool late-night levy

Liverpool City Council is free to continue running its late-night levy after a challenge brought by the Pub Invest Group was dismissed by the High Court.

Rulling: the High Court rejects a challenge to Liverpool's late-night levy
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Legal Q&A: the dos and don'ts of gaming machines in family pubs

10-May-2017 - Should a publican put a gaming machines in his family-friendly pub? Legal experts Poppleston Allen explain the legal position.

Designated premises supervisor application process changed

08-May-2017 - Applications to change a pub's designated premises supervisor (DPS) have been made easier following process amendments by the Home Office.

Proposed Hackney levy ‘blunt and indiscriminate’

08-May-2017 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has billed the late-night levy a “blunt and indiscriminate tax” in response to Hackney Council’s consultation on proposals to introduce the charge.

Father chases licensee for unpaid daughter's wages

20-Apr-2017 - A father is pursuing a licensee who left the pub without paying his daughter’s wages.

Legal advice: Six things to think about when adding to your outdoor offer

19-Apr-2017 - With British Summertime under way and the days getting longer, hopefully, we should be in for some better weather and you may be considering using any external areas to take full...

BBPA responds to Hackney levy consultation

11-Apr-2017 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has officially responded to Hackney Council’s consultation  on introducing a late-night levy at a time where the House of Lords looks to abolish the order...

Licensing authority guidance updated in response to concerns

10-Apr-2017 - The Government has updated its guidance for licensing authorities following concerns that the new powers may lead to heavy handed implementation of the Licensing Act 2003.

Introduce agent-of-change principle to ‘balance’ Licensing Act, say Lords

06-Apr-2017 - Proposals to change the Licensing Act have called for the inclusion of an agent-of-change principle to make licensing laws fairer for businesses and residents.

Major overhaul proposed for ‘fundamentally flawed’ Licensing Act

04-Apr-2017 - The chair of the House of Lords inquiry into the Licensing Act 2003 has described the legislation as “fundamentally flawed”, and a number of proposals have been made to fix...

Hartlepool council delays EMRO decision until summer

30-Mar-2017 - Hartlepool Borough Council has pushed back a decision on introducing an early morning restriction order (EMRO) this week.

Date confirmed for results of Lords licensing review

28-Mar-2017 - The House of Lords will announce the findings of its inquiry into the 2003 Licensing Act next Tuesday (4 April).

Gloucester delays late-night levy decision

21-Mar-2017 - Gloucester City Council has delayed its decision on introducing a late-night levy for the city.

Trade reiterates calls for alternative to late-night levy

16-Mar-2017 - Trade bodies have strengthened calls for an alternative approach to Gloucester’s late-night levy and to look at nearby Cheltenham for inspiration.

Late-night levy plans for Hackney ‘will have detrimental effect’

14-Mar-2017 - Industry groups have warned Hackney Borough Council that proposals to introduce a late-night levy in the area would be detrimental to local businesses.

Number of pubs showing illegal Sky continues to decline

27-Feb-2017 - The number of pubs showing Sky illegally is decreasing, the broadcaster’s head of commercial piracy has confirmed.

Ground-breaking move means Cheltenham late-night levy will be canned

27-Feb-2017 - Cheltenham Borough Council has decided to scrap its late-night levy in favour of a business improvement district (BID), a decision that is the first of its kind.

Huge fine over illegal Sky Sports for ex-licensee of Birmingham pub

27-Feb-2017 - The ex-licensee of a pub on the doorstep of Aston Villa’s ground, Villa Park, has been fined almost £50,000 for showing sport illegally.

Institute of Licensing chairman term extended

23-Feb-2017 - Following a board meeting earlier this month (February), the Institute of Licensing has extended Daniel Davies’s term as chairman until February 2020.

Legal Q&A: DPS queries and personal licence holder presence

20-Feb-2017 - This week's legal Q & A looks into queries around a DPS being on more than one licence, what happens when a DPS goes on leave and a query around...


Pubs with rooms are 'not like Fawlty Towers now'

16-Feb-2017 - Visitor numbers across Britain are expected to rise further as the weaker pound makes it more attractive to foreigners and Brits alike, according to Dominic Worrall, owner of the Bull...

How to have a nose for fake alcohol

14-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts give advice on how to spot when there might be something amiss with a new drink you're being offered.

Licensing victory for new London gay bar

09-Feb-2017 - A new high-profile gay bar in London’s Vauxhall has been granted a 5am licence after lawyers scored a rare victory with the local council’s licensing authority.

Legal advice: How to make sure your drunk customers policy is working

08-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts give advice on how to make sure you are sticking to the law on drunk customers.

Legal Q & A: Late-night levies and TENs

06-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts tackle your questions on the basics of a late-night levy and obtaining a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) for sporting events.