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28 days later: death or insolvency ends the licence

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Top tips: don’t let your premises licence lapse

By Poppleston Allen

A premises licence is a precious asset – lose it and not only will you lose precious trade in the intervening period but you have no guarantee that an application for a new licence will be granted with the same hours and conditions.

Sound choices: ensure your music is contained

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Top tips: don’t give anyone a reason to be noisy

By Poppleston Allen

It may feel a long way away given the recent storms, but spring really is just around the corner – it officially starts on 20 March.

Capital gains: London has more than 50% of all late-night levies

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Late-night levy changes in store

By Poppleston Allen

This year is likely to start with the arrival of another late-night levy. This time in Redbridge, where the full council will meet in a few weeks’ time to decide on adopting the levy.

Legal Q&A: specialist licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen discusses mice infestations and the next steps for licensees facing a summary review

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Legal Q&A: summary review after fight and dealing with mice

By Poppleston Allen

The latest Legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen covers visits from the environmental health officer and the next steps for licensees facing a summary review.

Seconds out: White collar boxing must be regulated correctly

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Pubs and white collar boxing: avoid a knockout blow

By Poppleston Allen

The Institute of Licensing is conducting a survey on white collar boxing, after being contacted by a media company working on a documentary on the subject.

Pub garden: how can pub operators best utilise garden and pavement space?

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Legal Q&A: advice for using outdoor space

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen discusses how to best user front, rear and pavement pub space.

Policing problem: a licence transfer does not take into account a good or bad operator

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Difficulty of opposing a transfer

By Poppleston Allen

One of the clichés in the licensing process is for us licensing lawyers to tell the authorities and the licensing committee that our client is ‘a good operator’.

House for all: ‘perhaps we can redouble our efforts to look out for those most vulnerable, remembering that just like disability, some forms of vulnerability are not immediately obvious’

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How can pubs look out for society’s most vulnerable?

By Poppleston Allen

Nelson Mandela once said: “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones,” and this principle could be applied to the late-night economy as well.

Legal Q&A: cumulative impact policy may affect variation according to Poppleston Allen

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Legal Q&A: cumulative impact policy, TENs and capacities

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers the impact of cumulative impact policy on variation and TENs and capacities.

Rules to follow: Lottery rollovers are not permitted

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Top tips: don’t rely on luck for your pub lotteries

By Poppleston Allen

As the festive season draws to a close and we look ahead to 2020, many operators will be planning promotions and activities for the coming year.

Tap time: will you consider adding a tap wall so customers can serve themselves?

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Self-service beer taps 'a possible headache' for licensees

By Poppleston Allen

Now Christmas is over and the dust has settled on the busiest time of the year for the trade, you might be mulling over what you can do in the next 12 months to give your business the edge.

ID check: Knowing the minimum date of birth is vital

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Top tips: stay on top of underage sales

By Poppleston Allen

Two of the most prevalent issues at Christmas office party events are underage sales and customer intoxication.

On the rise: Asking for off-sales to be permitted is being questioned more

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Concern over off-sales applications

By Poppleston Allen

Twice recently, I have been asked, in all seriousness in making a licensing application for both on and off-sales: “Why do you want off-sales?”

Noise complaints: representations must be honest

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Legal Q&A: Lapse of licence, bankruptcy and extension of hours

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers lapse of licence, the impact of bankruptcy on a licence and applications for extended hours.

Party time: don't let Christmas revellers spoil the fun

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Top tips: dealing with unpredictable customers

By Poppleston Allen

At this time of year, it is worthwhile reminding operators that Christmas and new year attract office parties and celebrations that will likely take place at licensed premises.

Against the clock: Speak to authorities if you have less time than expected and check your licence because you may be able show early sport

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Applying for TENS against the clock

By Poppleston Allen

Where operators have such permissions but are short on time, my advice has been to speak to the police and licensing officers – the majority take a relaxed view, according to specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen.

Boost for the business: Alcohol delivery offers a new revenue stream

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Top tips: door-to-door alcohol deliveries

By Poppleston Allen

Over the past couple of years, we have received an increasing number of queries from operators considering an alcohol home delivery service.

Urgent work: Sometimes no one will be aware that a premises has been operating illegally for years

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Beware of insolvency complexities

By Poppleston Allen

We have recently been involved in several cases where the premises licence has lapsed by virtue of the licence holder becoming insolvent or being dissolved.

Get some distance: Gaming machines must not be next to ATMs

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Legal Q&A: A-board policy, gaming machines and ATMs

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers pub A-boards and placement of gaming machines and on-site cash points.

Revenue stream: in a time of reduced budgets for local authorities, you would think an additional revenue stream would be welcomed with open arms, however, on the whole, councils have resisted the temptation

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Law change may boost ‘failed’ levy

By Poppleston Allen

Although the late-night levy has been largely shunned, geographical changes may see more implementations.

Too late to object: don’t slip up with your temporary event notices

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Legal Q&A: Late TEN rejection and slight licensing variation

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers late temporary event notice refusal and informing licensing authorities of variations from layout plans.

Licensing conditions: as students return, ensure you know the rules

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Top tips: beware of drinks promotions

By Poppleston Allen

September is here and the students are back. There will naturally be an increase in posters and flyers as well as social media advertisements for operators publicising promotions at their venues.

General tips: avoid fines and enforcement

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Top tips: compliance with regulations

By Poppleston Allen

Whether you are looking to take over an existing premises or starting from scratch, it is not always clear which regulations apply to your business and how you achieve compliance with them.

Policy checks: furniture licences and age verification policies need to be up to scratch

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Legal Q&A: furniture highway and age challenge policy

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers outdoor furniture licences and age verification policies.

Key advice: check your premises licence

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Top tips: your checklist for inspection visits

By Poppleston Allen

I have received a number of queries from clients in the past few weeks relating to inspection visits from licensing authorities.

Get a house full: bingo is not for under-18s

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Legal Q&A: weekly bingo and motion picture licensing

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers queries relating to weekly pub bingo and motion picture licensing

Pour your own: hit the right balance with self-service

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Top tips: improving customer experience

By Poppleston Allen

With keen levels of competition on the high street, pubs are constantly striving to come up with innovative customer experiences in order to distinguish themselves from their competitors.

No entry?: The latest legal Q&A from Poppleston Allen examines the rules around age checks and refusing service or entry

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Legal Q&A: Refusing service or entry

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen examines the rules around refusing service or entry.

Significant risk: noise complaints could see pub operators met with enforcement action

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Top tips: how to manage noise complaints

By Poppleston Allen

Following on from our previous top tips on noise in beer gardens earlier this year, and with summer well and truly here with operators using external spaces, now is an apt time to set out some tips for managing the impact of any noise complaints that...

Hit the right note: The Music Venue Trust says for every £10 spent in a grassroots music venue, a further £17 is spent in the night-time economy

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Local pubs are at the heart of the UK’s thriving music scene

By Poppleston Allen

Glastonbury recently flexed its mighty music muscles again, showcasing both established and new acts, attracting huge crowds and (for those of us who prefer to watch from the sofa) TV viewers.

Alfresco style: Check you can use the ‘highway’

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Legal Q&A: external furniture and impact of bankruptcy

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen addresses external furniture queries and how bankruptcy impacts a personal and premises licenses.

A fine art: Follow the advice on submitting drawings

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Top tips: All part of the masterplan

By Poppleston Allen

If you are applying for a new premises licence or are making changes to the layout of an existing premises, you will probably need to submit an application to the local authority, enclosing a copy of suitable licensing drawings.

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