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Institute of Licensing chairman term extended

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

Deal extension: Institute of Licensing chairman Daniel Davies

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.

UK’s oldest gay pub saved by mixed use classification

02-Feb-2017 - Iconic gay pub the Royal Vauxhall Tavern has been granted a mixed use (sui generis) classification, protecting it against development.

Best Bar None winners unveiled

02-Feb-2017 - Durham won the top accolade as it was crowned best overall scheme at the Best Bar None (BBN) awards event at the House of Lords last night (1 February).

Legal advice: How record keeping can pay off

01-Feb-2017 - Our legal experts look at how being properly on top of paperwork and training can avoid a potentially sticky situation.

Scrapping gaming machine fee ‘would save pubs £500,000’

27-Jan-2017 - Business in Licensing (BIL) and the Gambling Business Group (GBG) have joined forces in a bid to remove the fee pubs have to pay to inform licensing authorities if they...

Legal advice: What you can, can't and must accept as ID

24-Jan-2017 - Identity cards have come of age. Here's what you need to know on the legality of accepting proof-of-age identification.

Sex entertainment plans at pub granted

16-Jan-2017 - A Gloucestershire pub has had its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence granted, despite more than 50 residents’ objections.

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.