Dispute Resolution

Unnecessary pressure: PCA Paul Newby is concerned over Calderbank Offer letters

Pubs code adjudicator raises concerns over Calderbank letters

By Georgina Townshend

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has urged tied pub tenants to alert him if they receive a Calderbank Offer letter from their pubco during tied rent reviews, after concerns one has “broken a commitment to no longer use them”.

Risk mitigation: the PCA says all MRO cases are dealt with in a proper and lawful manner

PCA defends slow progress on MRO cases as 'reducing risks'

By Claire Churchard

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has defended the slow pace of its progress on market-rent-only (MRO) option cases, after a group of pub operators called the body a “rabbit in the headlights” for its perceived inaction.

Costly proceedings: the Woodman pub is going through MRO arbitration

MRO fight to cost licensee £25,000

By Michelle Perrett

A licensee, fighting his case for the market-rent-only (MRO) option, said it is going to cost him £25,000 despite using the pubs code adjudicator (PCA). 

Resolution: the scheme will help tied tenants with rent disputes

Rent review scheme made available to pubs code tenants

By Liam Coleman

A rent review scheme from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and other industry bodies has been made available to licensees governed by the pubs code.

The reports showed external mediation is increasingly being used by licensees

Self Regulation

Focus: PICAS and PIRRS publish annual reports

By Mike Berry

The annual reports of both the Pubs Independent Conciliation & Arbitration Service (PICA-Service) and the Pubs Independent Rent Review Scheme (PIRRS) have been published. Mike Berry picks out the main points.

Peter Luff:

PICA-Service report shows self-regulation 'is working'

By Mike Berry

Pub industry self-regulation is not dead — far from it. That is the message from Pub Governing Body (PGB) chairman Sir Peter Luff MP following the publication of the PICA-Service (PICAS) annual report.

Will Greg Mulholland table an amendment to the statutory code?

Statutory code: What happens next?

By James Wallin

Free-of-tie campaigners have made it clear their statutory code fight is far from over, so where does last week’s announcement leave the industry?

Bernard Brindley: 'The future, in terms of justice for tied tenants, has never been better'

PICA-Service recruits 13 new panel members

By Ellie Bothwell

The Pubs Independent Conciliation and Arbitration Service (PICAS) has recruited 13 new panel members to sit at hearings, following an extensive selection process that began with a call for volunteers in the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

Health and Safety: concerns over cost recovery scheme

ALMR: new health & safety cost recovery plans 'open to abuse'

By Adam Pescod

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has warned that plans by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to extend its cost recovery system could result in “disproportionate charges” and a new regime “open to abuse”.

Pubcos now have codes of practice in place

'Licensees unsure about dispute resolution'

By Michelle Perrett

A high number of licensees are still unsure where to turn when they are in dispute with their pubco, it was revealed today. The news was unveiled...

Williams: praised the BII service

BII offers pubs a mediation 'lifeline'

By Ewan Turney

A former pubco tenant has hailed the BII's new mediation service as a "lifeline" after he clawed back £34,000 from his pub company.

Rising Sun: at centre of dispute

GMB: BII washing hands of Punch dispute

By Ewan Turney

The GMB union has accused the BII of "washing its hands" of a Peak District tenant's dispute with Punch Taverns. It claims that tenant David...

Kallipetis: trade future in his hands

Top barrister to steer pub trade reform

By Andrew Pring

A renowned barrister who specialises in commercial mediation has been appointed to lead the process of self-reform within the pub trade. Michel...

Punch: will attend talks

Punch up for ALMR crunch talks

By Ewan Turney

Punch Taverns has said it will attend the meeting to discuss plans for reforming the pubco model. The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers is...

ALMRchief executive Nick Bish has asked for six months to save the pub industry

ALMR: give us 6 months to sort it out

By MA reporter

The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers has written to BEC chairman Peter Luff asking for six months to sort the industry's problems out.

BII chief exec Neil Robertson has held talks with ALMR and BBPA over scheme

Rent dispute scheme progress 'encouraging'

By John Harrington

A formal meeting between three trade groups into plans for an independent, low-cost rent adjudication system has been described as "encouraging". The...

BII: idea for fairer rent reviews

Green light for BII rent adjudication system

By John Harrington

The BII aims to make its low-cost rent adjudication system a pan-industry initiative. The BII Council last night gave support to the Independent...

A win-win situation: most major pubcso are in favour

BII to discuss new rent adjudication

By Andrew Pring

A new and inexpensive form of lessee-friendly rent adjudication is set to be discussed by the BII next week. The scheme, which could revolutionise...