Licensing law

Festive operations: make sure your pub is in line with the law by reading Poppleston Allen's advice

Christmas licensing problems solved

By Emily Hawkins

With more people going on nights out to socialise and reunite with family, Christmas can bring a mix of licensing concerns for pub operators.

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

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

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.

Momentous occasion: this year celebrates 75 years since VE Day

Pubs can stay open longer for VE Day

By Nikkie Thatcher

Plans to extend pub licensing hours across England and Wales to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day have been announced by the Home Secretary.

Underage dilemma: alcohol-free beer could be a way of encouraging younger people to use pubs

Should pubs serve under-18s alcohol-free beer?

By Alice Leader

Every day, food and drinks such as a ripe banana or a slice of bread contain similar amounts of alcohol as an ‘alcohol-free’ beer, yet some operators do not permit sales of non-alcoholic drinks.

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

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.

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