Licensing law

General tips: avoid fines and enforcement

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Top tips: compliance with regulations

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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.

Opportunity knocks: Use your temporary event notices well

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Top tips: making the most of the UK summer

By Poppleston Allen

In the UK, we are unfortunate not to get a consistent summer of good weather. So it’s crucial for operators to try and maximise every sunny spell possible for that extra trade it can bring in.

The joy of pubs: Licensing committees are often too quick to dismiss a pub, which can bring a lot to an area

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‘The only really quiet pub is a closed pub’

By Poppleston Allen

While the message that pubs play an important role within communities is increasingly appreciated at Government level, it has not always trickled down to local authorities.

On the door: ensure door staff are SIA-registered

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Legal Q&A: summary reviews and noise complaints

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen covers summary reviews and noise complaints.

I’ll drink to that:  Signs that a wet led offer may be back on the rise

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Are wet-led pubs back on the rise?

By Poppleston Allen

As several recent headlines indicate that wet-led offers may be back on the rise, specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen consider what operators looking to change from dining to wet-led should be aware of

Plan ahead: it’s often fun in the sun but heed the advice regarding neighbours

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Top tips: beware of the noise in beer gardens

By Poppleston Allen

During the Easter break, one of my highlights was sitting with friends in a beautiful little beer garden for an evening spent catching up over a gin and tonic or two.

By the book: legalities must be qualified when facing an interview under caution

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Being interviewed under caution

By Poppleston Allen

When a regulator has carried out an inspection or been called to a premises after an accident, you may then receive a letter asking a company representative or an individual to take part in an interview under caution.

Stay legal: Most councils will require you to have a pavement licence

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Top tips if you’re planning to go alfresco

By Poppleston Allen

As the evenings grow longer and (we hope) the temperature rises, operators up and down the country will be looking to capitalise on the demand for alfresco drinking and dining.

Tackling licensing issues: Poppleston Allen advises operators to check game times at this year's Rugby World Cup in Japan against their premises licence conditions

Legal Q&A: Rugby World Cup screening

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen tackles operator questions around screening the Rugby World Cup.

Flag it up: Many areas with a cumulative impact policy have Purple Flag status, meaning they are recognised as diverse, safe and enjoyable at night

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Stay on top of your stress areas

By Poppleston Allen

You may be familiar with the concept of cumulative impact policies, also known as 'stress areas', where the local authority has determined that the number of licensed premises in a particular area is having a negative impact on one of more of...

Legal advice: licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen lays down the law

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The Legal Surgery Podcast

By Ed Bedington

Running a pub can prove to be something of a legal minefield for all operators, but fear not! The Morning Advertiser has teamed up with legal experts Poppleston Allen to bring you a brand new podcast to answer your legal issues.

Legal Q&A: what do pubs need to know about responding to staff accidents and converting outdoor spaces?

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Legal Q&A: Staff slips and maximising space

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at best practice following a staff accident and what operators need to know before converting outdoor space.

Get involved: Make sure your pub isn’t affected by complacency

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Top tips: Early intervention could save a business

By Poppleston Allen

We have all been there. We have received information asking for our views and ignored it. We then become frustrated and complain when a decision affects our business or livelihood even though it’s as a result of our complacency.

Mini rant: Mistakes happen but the latest legislation could stifle sensible discussion and resolution

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Best to keep mum

By Poppleston Allen

Mistakes happen but the most recent legislation could be said to make sensible discussions and rectification more difficult

Failed test purchase: 'Once you have determined exactly what happened, enter into open dialogue with the licensing officer', says Poppleston Allen

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Legal Q&A: Failed test purchases and closure notices

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at best practice following a failed test purchase and what steps an operator can take in response to a ‘s19 closure notice’.

Checking ID: Do not rely on your door staff to stop all potential underage customers

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Top tips: have a strong age verification policy

By Poppleston Allen

Every premises licence that authorises the sale of alcohol is subject to a mandatory condition that an age verification policy will be in place.

Reel to reel: Tips on keeping gaming machines in pubs

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'What happens if an under-18 uses my gambling machine?'

By Poppleston Allen

Many pub and club operators holding premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003 operate gaming machines within their premises, often under a notification for two machines or a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit (LPGMP).

Clocking on: make sure that your operating hours are legal

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Legal Q&A: British summer time and duty manager displays name

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at how the clocks going forwards impacts a pub licence and whether or not pubs need to put duty manager names on display.

Table manners: rules vary from council to council

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Legal Q&A: pavement café licenses and door staff numbers

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at the rules governing door staff numbers and pavement-side tables and chairs.

No appetite yet: changes to the late-night levy policy are likely to include food premises such as kebab shops and not just pubs

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Late-night levy changes are close

By Poppleston Allen

As you may be aware Southwark and Redbridge have become the latest London boroughs to throw their hats into the late-night levy ring, confirming they both intend to consult on adopting a levy, with a view to taking effect in September and October 2019...

Different approach needed: licensee Elaine Hamer believes publicans are fighting a losing battle against drugs

Licensee's views on drug use in pubs

By Robert Mann

The use of illicit drugs in pubs is not a new problem and is one that continues to cause headaches for operators and, unfortunately, even the most responsible and well-run licensed premises are not immune from issues surrounding them.

Delegated responsibility: personal licence holders can authorise others to sell alcohol

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Legal Q&A: freepour warning

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at the rules governing free-pouring and personal licences.

Spell it out: be precise when setting out your plans for door staff

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Legal top tips: How simple errors can prove costly

By Poppleston Allen

Sometimes the easiest of tasks pose the direst of consequences if you get them wrong. I have often seen applications rejected, stalled or have unintended consequences for the simplest of mistakes.

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