Trade leaders to head up licensee advisory group

By Matt Eley Matt

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Talks have been held to establish a panel of professional advisors to help licensees before they sign lease agreements. A board of professionals...

Talks have been held to establish a panel of professional advisors to help licensees before they sign lease agreements.

A board of professionals including representatives of law firms, trade groups and top operators met for discussions about the scheme last week.

The scheme is inspired by the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) which gives licensees and landlords low cost access to approved valuers to help settle rent disputes.

A statement from the BII said: "The need for such a scheme is driven by an acknowledged variability of advice and a low uptake by licensees.

The BII has and continues to recommend that licensees get professional advice before signing up to any agreement. The new company codes of practice also require licensees to get advice particularly when preparing a business plan."

The meeting was chaired by Jeremy Allen of Poppleston Allen and attendees included by Neil Robertson, BII chief executive, Barry Gillham, chairman of Fleurets), Bob Whittle (honorary secretary, Association of Valuers of Licensed Property) and Loren Pope, BII Licensee of the Year.

The group will meet again early next year.

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