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Take precautions to avoid noise nuisance complaints

Take precautions to avoid noise nuisance complaints

There are operators who have experienced uncomfortable discussions with environmental health officers about a neighbour’s complaint of noise nuisance and even been threatened with an abatement notice.

Victory in long fight for justice

Victory in long fight for justice

By Peter Coulson

The story on the front page of last week's issue of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), that after a long battle Michael Kheng has gained damages for his clients for the unlawful ‘instant’ closure notices issue by West Yorkshire Police, was...

Home Office and police pay for closure notice error

Home Office and police pay for closure notice error

By Gurjit Degun

The Government has admitted it was wrong to advise police that they could close premises immediately for minor breaches of conditions and threaten licensees with arrest if they did not comply.

Consequences of the Murphy case

Consequences of the Murphy case

By Peter Coulson

As I commented last week, the decision in the Karen Murphy TV football case was inevitable, given the rulings handed down by the European Court.

Ex-licensee to pay PRS £9k in damages

Ex-licensee to pay PRS £9k in damages

By Gurjit Degun

A former licensee of the now-shut Remix Bar in Woking, Surrey, will have to fork out £9,000 in damages to PRS for Music for failing to have a licence to play music for two years.

Licensees need an answer on satellite footy saga, says Mike Berry

Keep your eye on the ball

By Mike Berry

They think it’s all over... it is now for Karen Murphy. The final whistle has blown on her six-year legal battle against her conviction for using foreign satellite services to show live Premier League football in her Portsmouth pub, the Red, White &...

Coulson wonders if clarity is needed on 'drinking-up'

Calling time on drinking up

By Peter Coulson

One of the main practical differences between the new Scottish Licensing Act and its English counterpart concerns drinking-up time. Section 63 of the Scottish Act retains the 15-minute drinking-up period.

Peter Coulson is frustrated by licensing reform

Itching for licensing reform

By Peter Coulson

We are now seven years on from the start of that frantic period of applications for new personal and premises licences, known as ‘transition’. I am beginning to get that Seven Year Itch.

BIS: Government refuses to supply BBPA deal details

BIS: Government refuses to supply BBPA deal details

By Michelle Perrett

The All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group is submitting a second Freedom Of Information (FOI) request over the pubco/tenant deal - in the wake of the Government refusal to supply certain documents due to commercial confidentiality.

BIS: Mulholland calls for legal advice clarification

BIS: Mulholland calls for legal advice clarification

The All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has written to Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) minister, Ed Davey, asking for more details on where the department sought legal advice on the implementation of the Industry Framework Code (IFC).

Rob Willock: Casting a fresh eye over the pub trade

In at the deep end

By Rob Willock

So there I was, all set to write a gentle comment piece to mark my official first week as editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, saying what an honour it is to be joining the industry and thanking those I have so far met for making me feel welcome…...

Tuppen: reviews were an affront to our democratic process

Tuppen: BISC inquiry was a ‘political pantomime’

By Adam Pescod

Enterprise Inns chief executive Ted Tuppen has branded the recent Business, Innovation & Skills Committee (BISC) inquiry into pubco-tenant relationships as a “political pantomime”.

Pubcos: under the spotlight

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Government eyes alternative pubco reform

By Ewan Turney

Pubcos are to be told to deliver meaningful reform or the Government could support a Private Members’ Bill, which calls for a mandatory free of tie option and an open market rent review, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser understands.

Coulson: Evidence outweighs legal issues in foreign satellite football cases

Inconsistency in footie cases

By Peter Coulson

It is not surprising that a great deal of publicity is given to licensees who manage to avoid conviction for dishonestly receiving satellite football transmissions through a foreign decoder (“Hosts cleared in satellite footie case”, PMA 1 September 2011)....

Courts are cracking down on fire safety lapses

Fire safety warning follows host's jailing

By Gurjit Degun

Licensees are being warned to follow fire safety regulations after a court case saw a hotel owner and consultant jailed for eight months each.

Coulson: individual responsibility is a very important factor

Pubs' duty of care to punters

By Peter Coulson

A trial of two barmen who were accused of the manslaughter of a young English drinker has raised the whole issue of duty of care.

Mulholland (L) with CAMRA's Jonathan Mail: time for Government backed industry regulation

Mulholland: pubcos set to fail 'probation'

By Ewan Turney

Pubco probation is at an end and they must now face a legally binding code of practice to rebalance the tenant-pubco relationship for good — that's...

CAMRA: will focus on lobbying MPs

CAMRA withdraws super-complaint

By John Harrington

CAMRA says its lobbying for beer tie reform will focus on the Government and MPs after formerly stopping its action against the OFT.

Pubwatch: concerns over business partnerships

Pubwatch: don't hamper schemes

By John Harrington

Don't hamper the effectiveness of local pubwatches by incorporating them into "business partnerships" — that's the message from National Pubwatch...

Reid: offer to shift parties to January

Pubs can keep deposits for snow hit parties

By Ewan Turney

Licensees are within their rights to keep deposits for Christmas parties cancelled by customers because of the weather. That piece of advice comes...

V2: can now re-open

Council payout over licence revocation

By Lesley Foottit

A local authority has been ordered to pay record costs of almost £25,000 after wrongly revoking the licence of a Welsh nightclub. The premises...

Smoking ban: no review of legislation

'No evidence smoking ban has closed pubs'

By Ewan Turney

There is little, if any, evidence that the smoking ban had led to pub closures, according to the Government. Health minister Anne Milton reiterated...

Yellow Card: discount cards under scrutiny

Legal ruling due on pub discount cards

By John Harrington

A legal test case is set to rule on the legality of drinks discount cards in Scotland — and could provide clarity on other promotions. Mitchells...

Saki: won appeal over licence revocation

Saki Bar wins appeal over noise problems

By John Harrington

A famous music bar has won an appeal against its licence revocation after taking steps to deal with noise problems. An acoustic lobby, limiting...

Home Office: IoL has sent department its results

Councils reject key licensing proposals

By John Harrington

Local authorities have rejected key parts of the Government's radical plans to overhaul licensing. Ninety licensing professionals — 68 of them...