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Top tips: Poppleston Allen issues advice on how to stay vigilant around underage drinking during the summer holidays (image: Getty/andresr)

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Underage drinking: staying vigilant during summer holidays

By Paula Kioko, marketing associate, Poppleston Allen

The summer holidays bring an influx of customers to pubs and restaurants, creating a lively and bustling atmosphere. However, this busy season also comes with its own challenges, specifically the prevention of underage sales.

Licensing note: operators have been urged to check their licence for the Euros final (image: Getty/FG Trade)

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Reminder: Gov extension only applies to England semi and final so check licence

By Andy Grimsey, senior associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Now England have squeezed past Slovakia to set up a quarter-final clash with Switzerland, they have taken another step towards the semi-final and final of Euro 2024, and are keeping the dream of ‘bringing it home’ alive…..albeit just!

Legal advice: looking out for vulnerable people (Credit:Getty/shironosov)

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Is a vulnerable person safe in your premises?

By Andy Grimsey, senior associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Nowadays it is expected – and quite rightly so – that licensed premises should have a policy, and their staff are trained in it, to recognise and deal with vulnerable persons on their premises.

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen advice on changing laws for pavement licenses (Credit:Getty	miodrag ignjatovic)

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Changes to the law on chairs and tables on public highways

By James Anderson, Partner, Poppleston Allen

This week’s top tips looks at table and chair licences for public highways including reference to the change in the law and the process for renewals and new grants.

Top tips: Poppleston Allen shares how pubs can prepare for a summer of sport (Credit:Getty/Anchiy)

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Top tips for being a good sport this summer

By Joe Harvey, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The recent appearance of that large yellow ball in the sky over battered isles means the return of the Great British Summer and with that a summer chock full of sporting events guaranteed to have customers flocking to your beer gardens and big screen...

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Licensing questions answered ahead of Fury vs Usyk fight

By Paula Kioko, marketing associate at Poppleston Allen

In this week's column, licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen share advice for operators looking to show sporting events this summer.

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Paying attention to policy consultations

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

Solicitor Felix Faulkner answers your questions around licensing policy in this week's column from Poppleston Allen.

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Top Tips: Making the most out of your premises

By Elizabeth Varley, trainee solicitor at Poppleston Allen

The hospitality industry is in the midst of navigating a very challenging time. The effects of the pandemic and economic challenges have posed unprecedented difficulty for the trade.

Chasing pavements: advice on outside areas (credit: Getty/urbazon)

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Q&A with Poppleston Allen: Pavement Licences

By Rebecca Weller

In this week's column, Poppleston Allen solicitor Alex Tomlinson answers questions on pavement licences for pubs.

Legal update: while there is no legislation going through parliament currently, there is a proposed draft bill (image: Getty/petekarici)

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Martyn’s Law – Where are we now?

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

I thought I would provide a brief update on Martyn’s Law (also known as the Protect Duty) – proposed legislation to impose a legal requirement on publicly accessible venues to consider the threat from terrorism and to implement proportionate measures.

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Spring has sprung, but keep it down!

By Alex Tomlinson, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

It appears that the issue of noise has reared its head in the hospitality sector again. This time with the conclusion of the long running saga surrounding Manchester nightclub Night & Day, which has been fighting a Noise Abatement Notice served by...

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Licensing Q&A with Poppleston Allen

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

In this week's column, Poppleston Allen associate solicitor Suraj Desor answers questions on applying for new premises licenses and changes to existing licenses.

Expanding your business: licensing terms to consider (Credit: Getty/sturti)

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Licensing terms for expanding your business

By Rebecca Weller

There is a lot of information out there as to what to do with your business and how that will affect your premises licence, for example, extending hours of operation etc.

Licensing hub: Advice on licensing requirements for outdoor events with Poppleston Allen  (Credit:Getty/sommart)

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Licensing requirements for outdoor events

By Imogen Moss, Associate Solicitor, Poppleston Allen

It’s March already, and most of us will be hoping that the ‘in like a lion, out like lamb’ folklore stands true.

Decision time: Careful consideration is advised on potentially switching to a premises licence (credit: Getty/izusek)

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Legal Q&A: Members’ clubs v pubs – what to consider

By Joe Harvey, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A with Poppleston Allen, Joe Harvey weighs up the pros and cons of ditching a club premises certificate for a premises licence.

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen tips on low and no alcohol drinks (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

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Top licensing tips on low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks

By Paula Kioko, marketing associate, Poppleston Allen

Customers are increasingly choosing low or alcohol-free drinks, with some adopting a moderation strategy of alternating between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during nights out. Researchers indicate that this trend is showing no signs of slowing...

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen advice on navigating off-sales and pavement licences (Credit: Getty/urbazon)

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Navigating off-sales and pavement licences

By David Inzani, partner at Poppleston Allen

In the wake of the challenges posed by the pandemic, the hospitality trade saw significant regulatory changes introduced under the Business and Planning Act.

Licensing knowhow: Poppleston Allen answer questions around trading later hours and extending premises size (image: Getty/VTT Studio)

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Legal Q&A: trading later hours & extending venue rules

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A with Poppleston Allen, the legal experts tackle the rules around extending trading hours and making a premises larger.

Licensing hub with Poppleston Allen: right to refuse service and denying entry? (Credit:Getty/SolStock)

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Right to refuse service and denying entry?

By Elizabeth Varley, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

You may have faced some challenges over the festive period with customers or potential customers challenging you or your staff if you have decided to refuse them service or entry and you may now be questioning whether you made the right decision or are...

Mouse trap: operators have been urged to be robust in their attitude to food safety to avoid potential issues around rodents (image: Getty/Andyworks)

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Mice on the move

By Graeme Cushion, partner, Poppleston Allen

While I do not profess to be any kind of expert on the behaviour of rodents, I have heard anecdotally that the various lockdowns which we have all experienced may have had a knock-on effect on the rodent population as well.

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Tying up loose ends – changes to licensing law in 2024

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

So, welcome to 2024. We usually write a piece at this time of year looking forward to likely changes in the licensing landscape over the next 12 months, and this year is no different.

Advice provided: questions around refurbishments and bingo are answered (image: Getty/IvanWuPI)

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Q&A: notifying councils about refurbs and under 18s playing bingo

By Imogen Moss, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Poppleston Allen answers questions about having to notify local authorities about changes to a property and looks at the rules around under 18s playing bingo.

Legal experts: Poppleston Allen advises ways to mitigate falling foul of the law around children in pubs (image: Getty/lisegagne)

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Top tips - children in pubs

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The busy Christmas trading period and families with children in pubs can increase risk of falling foul of the law around children in pubs

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Licensing – Over regulation?

By James Anderson, partner, Poppleston Allen

Is the licensing process stifling business?

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Reminder to check your licence for Christmas trading

By Jonathan Smith, partner, Poppleston Allen

Be careful, it will not have escaped people’s notice that this year both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve fall on a Sunday.

Trouble brewing: advice from Poppleston Allen on dealing with drunk customers (credit: Getty/dusanpetkovic)

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Ho! Ho! No! How to deal with festive drunkenness

By Alex Tomlinson, licensing solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Now that we’ve seen the back of Halloween and Bonfire Night, and the annual debate has started over whether the John Lewis advert is the best campaign on TV, it must be fast approaching Christmas.

Fancy festivities: Poppleston Allen outlines advice on hosting events over the Christmas period (image: Getty/lavendertime)

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Top tips for planning Christmas fetes and events

By David Inzani, partner, Poppleston Allen

As the holiday season approaches, licensees are no doubt gearing up to make the most of the boost in trade that the festive season can bring. Here are some top tips on licensing matters that we are commonly asked about at this time:

Advice given: Poppleston Allen highlights how to help ensure no nuisance is caused to residents (image: Getty/MoMorad)

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Q&A: Mitigating the risk of noise complaints

By Carl Weston, head of marketing and partner (non-solicitor), Poppleston Allen

In the latest Q&A, legal experts Poppleston Allen advise how best to mitigate the risk of noise complaints.

Banging event: there are a number of considerations to take into account when hosting a fireworks display (image: Getty/Corri Seizinger)

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Key points to consider about bonfire night

By Natasha Beck, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With bonfire night a little over two weeks away, and the weather looking to be cold, but dry over that weekend, the conditions could be perfect to hold an outdoor event and firework display.

Licensing hub with Poppleston Allen: top tips for licensing upkeep (Credit: Getty/andresr)

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Top tips for licensing upkeep

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Running a hospitality venue is hard. From rubbish summer weather to soaring costs, operators are finding it even harder to run a successful premises.

Area change: a number of a local authorities have recently dropped the levy and replaced it with a BID (image: Getty/Craft24)

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The late-night levy 2.0

By Suraj Desor, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The amendments to the late-night levy legislation finally came into force this summer on 13 July 2023. Where does this leave this much criticised measure?

Licensing hub: Poppleston Allen partner James Anderson's advice for perspective publicans (Credit: Getty/sturti)

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Advice for prospective publicans

By Poppleston Allen partner James Anderson

I am looking today at some advice if you are taking on a pub whether tenanted, leased or indeed buying a freehold.

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Playing by the rules

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

The more I think about the issue over the early opening of pubs to watch the Women’s World Cup Final involving England and Spain, the more troubled I am by it.

Outside legislation: fast tracks were initially introduced under The Business and Planning Act 2020 to help the hospitality sector in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic (image: Getty/Lucy Ryan)

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Top tips – fast-track pavement licences

By Paula Kioko, marketing assistant, Poppleston Allen

The hospitality industry received a nugget of good news this month as the Government has extended the temporary ‘fast-track’ pavement licence provisions until 30 September 2024.

Local engagement: gathering data that supports your argument is one tip Poppleston Allen gives on navigating council consultations (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

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Your voice matters: embracing council consultations for cumulative impact assessments

By David Inzani, partner, Poppleston Allen

The UK's vibrant and varied hospitality industry has long been a cornerstone of its cultural identity. However, as the landscape has evolved and dynamics shifted since the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, so too has the approach to regulating...

Sports focus: legal experts Poppleston Allen delves into queries around the Rugby World Cup (image: Getty/Thomas Northcut)

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Legal Q&A: Rugby World Cup screening

By Felix Faulkner, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

This week's Q&A with Poppleston Allen looks at the rules around screening the Rugby World Cup and betting.

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A Jekyll and Hyde approach to outside areas?

By Andy Grimsey, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

I wonder what is so different between allowing the provision of tables and chairs in outside areas at pubs and bars and allowing for off-sales of alcohol to facilitate customers consuming alcohol on those very tables and chairs?

Event info: there are a number of licensing factors to take into account when hosting a beer festival (image: Getty/Rouzes)

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Hop tips - beer festivals

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

As the summer sun hop-fully returns again, more and more people will be venturing out to enjoy another great British pastime – beer festivals.

Licensing rules: Poppleston Allen outlines the law on dealing with drunk customers (image: Getty/Roy Mehta)

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Top tips: How to manage drunk customers in your premises this summer.

By Elizabeth Varley, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

As we edge towards the height of British summer, operators up and down the country are likely to be faced with additional customers looking to kick back and relax with a drink (or two) in their premises.

Licensing look: Poppleston Allen has reviewed what a pavement licence is and how they are granted (image: Getty/courtneyk)

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Avoiding cracks in your pavement licence

By Alex Tomlinson, trainee solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Following the overwhelming ‘Save Our Seats’ petition in Bristol City Centre recently, which petitioned for Bristol’s bars and restaurants to extend their outdoor seating areas past 10.30pm, it’s worth reviewing the current legal picture and processes...

Consideration advice: Poppleston Allen highlights the importance of keep neighbours in mind when using outside areas (image: Getty/Naige Schulte)

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Top tips on use of beer gardens and outside areas

By Natasha Beck, associate solicitor, Poppleston Allen

It would seem that we are not getting the typical two weeks of British summertime this year and it is looking like the nice weather is here to stay for a while. If this is the case then you will no doubt be looking to maximise the use of any outside space...

Case study: Poppleston Allen reflects on a hearing about loud music and people leaving a venue late at night (image: Getty/gilaxia)

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Hearings – A salutary lesson

By James Anderson, partner, Poppleston Allen

About six months ago, a colleague of mine represented an independent bar operator facing a review of his premises licence for noise issues in relation to loud music and people leaving the premises late at night. This was in a reasonably affluent suburb...

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