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Sex entertainment plans at pub granted

A Gloucestershire pub has had its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence granted, despite more than 50 residents’ objections

Permitted: the 2 Pigs pub has been granted a sexual entertainment venue licence
Sexual entertainment venue licence

More than 50 residents complain over sex entertainment plans at pub

10-Jan-2017 - More than 50 residents have objected to a Gloucestershire pub’s plans for a sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence.


No ‘pleasure or relief’ at Fabric’s reopening tonight, says boss

06-Jan-2017 - Legendary London nightclub Fabric’s reopening has not made director Cameron Leslie feel either pleased or relieved.

Fabric closure

Fabric says ‘there is no safe way to take drugs’ following drug death inquest

05-Jan-2017 - Iconic London nightclub Fabric has warned partygoers there is no safe way to take drugs ahead of its reopening, this weekend (Friday 6 January).


Police block pub’s late-night licence bid

03-Jan-2017 - Police are obstructing a Teesside pub’s bid to open until 5.30am because of its “violent past”, despite bosses claiming the site now attracts a more “cosmopolitan” clientele.


Gambling Commission recommends reduction for many in operating licence fees

22-Dec-2016 - The Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have reviewed proposals for operating licence annual fees, which will come into force this year.


BBPA demands clarity on late-night levy decision

22-Dec-2016 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has written to Liverpool City Council to ask for clarification over the process it used to reach a decision to implement a late-night...


Night Tube sees drinks sales up, but food sales down

22-Dec-2016 - The introduction of the Night Tube to London has seen an uplift in drinks sales – but at the expense of food sales, a new report has shown.

Personal licence

‘Ignorant’ courts fail to punish convicted personal licence holders

22-Dec-2016 - Licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen has claimed a lack of action taken by courts against convicted personal licence holders is down to ignorance.


Poppleston Allen research shows success on TENs objections

19-Dec-2016 - Temporary Event Notices (TENs) have been successful in England and Wales since the inception of the Licensing Act 2003, according to licensing specialists Poppleston Allen.

London Nightlife

Mayor of London appoints new chair of Night Time Commission

16-Dec-2016 - Sadiq Khan has appointed top lawyer Philip Kolvin QC as chair of the Night Time Commission to “protect” London’s night-time economy. 


Staying on the right side of the law this Christmas

13-Dec-2016 - The festive period will likely involve a police drink-drive campaign showing disturbing images and reinforcing the devastating effect that ‘just one more’ drink can have on families.


Landmark licence granted in cumulative impact zone

12-Dec-2016 - A craft beer shop in East London's cumulative impact zone has been granted a milestone licence for on and off-trade sales.


House of Lords licensing report expected by April

09-Dec-2016 - The House of Lords licensing committee is expected to publish its report into the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 by the beginning of April 2017.

Late-night levy

Liverpool late-night levy to be enforced by April 2017

07-Dec-2016 - Liverpool City Council has announced the city’s late-night levy (LNL), which was signed off in November, will be implemented on 1 April 2017.


Much-loved pub wins legal battle over noise complaints

05-Dec-2016 - A pub has won a three-year legal battle to be able to continue hosting live bands and musical entertainment. 

Licensing statistics

Only 11% of pubs, bars and restaurants have 24-hour licences

02-Dec-2016 - Only 11% of pubs, bars and restaurants in England and Wales have 24-hour licences, latest Home Office statistics have revealed.

Make some noise

Licensing inquiry: Late night sector calls for agent-of-change principle

30-Nov-2016 - Representatives of the late-night economy have called for the UK to have an agent-of-change principle in regards to planning around licensed premises.

Business rates

Pubs minister: ‘13,000 pubs potentially eligible for 100% small-business rate relief’

30-Nov-2016 - Pubs minister Andrew Percy has revealed that 13,000 pubs could be eligible for complete small-business rate relief, following the Autumn Statement. 

Home delivery

Legal top tips on home delivery

29-Nov-2016 - Legal specialists Poppleston Allen reveal top tips for licensees on home delivery of alcohol.


Night Tube and Fabric up for discussion at Licensing Act review

24-Nov-2016 - Creating a night-time economy that suits local residents, the Night Tube's impact on London and the effect of pre-loading on crime are all up for discussion at the next session...


Supermarkets claim 'no evidence' of weekend pre-loading

22-Nov-2016 - A representative of Waitrose has said that the company sees “no evidence” of pre-loading at the House of Lords review of the Licensing Act 2003, which also saw a representative...


Fabric to reopen: deal agreed to resurrect iconic club

21-Nov-2016 - Famed nightclub Fabric is set to reopen just months after it was closed and had its licence revoked.

Licensing law

Licensing Act investigators release questions for off-trade retailers

21-Nov-2016 - The Lords Committee has released the questions it will be asking supermarkets following JDW boss Tim Martin calling on the committee to grill the retail giants over VAT


Fabric “could re-open” after drug-deaths closure

18-Nov-2016 - Talks are underway to re-open iconic London nightclub Fabric, which closed earlier this year following the drug-fuelled deaths of two teenagers, The Morning Advertiser (MA) understands.