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


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.

Closing down: The hospitality sector battles financial pressures (Credit: Getty/ ilbusca)

Pub closures hit highest quarterly figure in a decade

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pub closures reached the highest quarterly figure in more than a decade in the second quarter of 2023 (Q2), smashing the previous record set in Q1, according to data obtained by Price Bailey.

How can pubs tackle the energy crisis?

The Power Struggle

Act now to tackle the energy crisis

By Ed Bedington

With volatile energy costs and operators locked into sky-high deals, the Morning Advertiser has teamed up with UKHospitality to launch a campaign, The Power Struggle, to ensure the industry is heard loud and clear as part of a consultation process.

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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?

New rules: the change came into force on 1 August (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)


What does the alcohol duty change mean for pubs?

By Eddie Murphy, managing director, PLS

By now you will understand from 1 August, alcohol duty has been changed by the Government in the UK, leaving aside much of the technical details (mainly for producers) please see a summary of the primary issues affecting publicans.

Property: artist impression demonstrates what the Major Oak pub will look like


Yorkshire Pub Stuff takes on sixth Star lease

By Rebecca Weller

Northern England based multisite operator, Yorkshire Pub Stuff, has taken on its sixth long-term lease with Star Pubs & Bars.

New York-style: Free pizza will be on offer every Friday at Incipio's new bar


Incipio Group to launch New York themed bar

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Incipio Group, the hospitality business behind eight London destination sites, has announced it will launch a New York themed bar, The 411, in September.

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


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.

Opinions sought: trade bodies are backing a consultation on gambling (credit: Getty/SolStock)

Gov consultation on gaming machines in pubs welcomed

By Gary Lloyd

Pub trade bodies UKHospitality (UKH) and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have welcomed a consultation by the Government that is seeking views on matters relating to gaming machines in pubs and other venues.

Long time coming: hospitality sector reacts to Ofgem's plans to address energy crisis (Credit: Getty/Selitbul)

Ofgem reforms 'welcomed' by sector

By Rebecca Weller

Ofgem’s reformation plans to address the ongoing energy crisis have been welcomed by the sector, but trade bodies warn the Government must act “urgently” to avoid more business failures.

To vape or not to vape? We want to know your pub's stance on e-cigs

POLL: Do you permit vaping in your pub?

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Local councils have urged the Government to crackdown on the marketing of vapes, with the number of British adults using the products reaching record heights last year.

Money streams closed: UKHospitality wonders how serious the Government is about reducing red tape for businesses (credit: Getty/chabybucko)

Extra sales revenue streams for on-trade ended by Gov

By Gary Lloyd

The Government has decided it will end automatic provision for pubs and bars to sell alcohol for off-site consumption and will halt the increased number of temporary event notices (TENs) permitted too.

Sector showcase: the #MyPub campaign calls on operators to invite MPs to their sites to help illustrate their importance in communities

BII campaign calls for pubs to engage with MPs

By Nikkie Thatcher

Operators have been urged to write to their MPs and invite them to their pubs, in a bid to show the importance of the sector in communities as part of a new campaign.

Compensation: Harcus Parker hopes to return some 'secret' broker fees back to businesses

Over 170 pubs join legal claim against energy giants

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs may have overpaid by more than £1,000 per year on energy costs, a law firm has revealed as it plans to help businesses recover "secret commissions" paid to brokers by energy companies.

Extremely disappointing: EON rejects pub's application for extended supply potentially dashing garden refurb plans (Pictured: Queens Head garden)

E.ON boss: sector too 'high risk' to invest in

By Rebecca Weller

A Middlesex pub could see expansion plans “cancelled” after its energy supplier rejected an application to extend the site’s supply, deeming the entire hospitality sector too “high risk”.

How pubcos engage with the pubs code


Championing code compliance

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

The role of the pubs code adjudicator is varied and one part of it involves taking time to understand how the regulated pub companies run their businesses and how they embed their code duties into their relationships with their tied tenants. The regulator...

Unfair: trade bodies call for Late-Night Levy to be scrapped (Credit: Getty/Predrag Vuckovic)

Late-night levy changes 'damaging blow'

By Rebecca Weller

Changes to the late-night levy (LNL) are a “damaging blow” but a “step in the right direction”, according to trade bodies across the sector.

Sights set on new sites: Pubs in the pipeline from Pubs Ltd and Red Oak Taverns


Red Oak Taverns & Pubs Ltd take on pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Red Oak Taverns has expanded its estate with two new pubs with new pubs underway from Urban Pubs & Bars and Brunning & Price co-founder Jerry Brunning.

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


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.

 New rules: from 1 August 2023, the alcohol duty system will be changing (image: Getty/Phill Thornton)

How are alcohol duty rates changing?

By Nikkie Thatcher

Ahead of the changes to alcohol duty rates in under a month (1 August), The Morning Advertiser takes a look at what the new system will look like.

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


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...

Drinks Recovery Tracker: sales in growth for ninth successive week (Credit: Getty/zoranm)

Drinks sales up 7%

By Rebecca Weller

Drinks sales in the on-trade were ahead of 2022 levels at the end of last month, marking the ninth consecutive week of year-on-year growth.