Law

Bish: we need a credible threat

Legal threat plea over licensing reform

By Phil Mellows

The pub industry may have to threaten legal action over the breaches of human rights contained in the government's licensing proposals.

Coulson: there is a 'gung-ho' attitude to licensing

Reviewing the licence reviewers

By Peter Coulson

Licences can be put under threat in variety of ways, without any further stringent legislative changes from the Home Office, warns Peter Coulson.

Coulson: licensees can refuse unreasonable demands

Free tap water — at a price

By Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson discusses details of the new requirement to provide free tap water to customers.

Charity: attended GMB meeting

GMB: playing chicken with pubcos

By The PMA Team

Our local GMB meeting was full of vehemence, but failed to reassure tenants on the legality of any future industrial action, says The PMA Team.

Coulson: warning licensees bout foreign satellite screening

Foreign satellite footie still illegal

By Peter Coulson

No reader of the Morning Advertiser can have failed to pick up the saga of foreign satellite transmissions of premiership football, says Peter Coulson.

SIA: unlicensed doorstaff will be fined

Unlicensed security director fined £1,000

By Lesley Foottit

A former Dorset security director was yesterday fined £1,000 after pleading guilty to supplying unlicensed doorstaff and not holding a valid licence...

Coulson: caution on vending machines

Vending machine responsibility

By Peter Coulson

An alcohol vending machine does not relieve you of the obligations of the Licensing Act, says Peter Coulson.

Cock Inn: at centre of Crehan dispute

Bid to re-open Inntrepreneur pub case

By Ewan Turney

A former Inntrepreneur multiple lessee is urging others interested in re-opening the infamous case against the pubco to get in touch. The case...

Coercion in disguise

Coercion in disguise

By Peter Coulson

The idea of "voluntary" agreements has been around for a long time in the licensed trade, and has not improved with age. The latest, in Rotherham,...

Peter Coulson

Improving the legislation?

By Peter Coulson

It was not going to be long before the first problems emerged with the new minor variations procedure, and so it has proved. I have received an email...

Pubwatch: legal ruling on-hold

Crucial pubwatch decision on hold

By MA reporter

The licensed trade must wait for a test case ruling on the legality of pubwatch bans. A judge at London's High Court has reserved judgment to give...

Pubwatch bans: under scrutiny again

Pubwatch bans back in High Court

By MA reporter

The legality of Pubwatch bans face further examination as a second legal challenge got underway in the High Court today. Drinker Francis James Boyle,...

Three hosts escpaed conviction

Foreign satellite licensees not in breach

By John Harrington

Licensees at three pubs have escaped conviction for showing foreign satellite football by saying they didn't know they were breaching law.

Living Room is one of PBR's prized brands

PBR creditor threatens winding up order

By Mark Stretton, M&C Report

A property firm owed more than £250,000 by Premium Bars & Restaurants is threatening to seek a winding up order against the group unless its...

JDW chairman Tim Martin won the case against Van de Berg in High Court

JDW awarded £7.5m in damages and costs

By The PMA Team

JD Wetherspoon has been awarded £4.5m in damages and just under £3m in costs against its former property advisor Van de Berg and its directors.

Martin: more legal action to follow

More legal action for JD Wetherspoon

By Andrew Pring

JD Wetherspoon is believed to have issued proceedings against the property agent Paul Ferrari, following the legal victory over the agents Van de...

Coulson: booking a table means making a contract

How to handle food 'no-shows'

By Peter Coulson

There have been a number of successful claims made by restaurateurs in recent years against no-showers, says Peter Coulson.

Oldham Council: Clamping down on drinks promotions

Trade eyes legal fight with Oldham

By John Harrington

Trade leaders are considering a judicial review against Oldham Council for its controversial bid to review licences at all 22 town centre bars. In an...

Coulson: responsibility of premises licence holder clarified

H&W case clarifies legal responsibility

By Peter Coulson

Last week's High Court victory for Hall & Woodhouse has clarified the position on the direct responsibility of the licence holder for offences committed by others, says Peter Coulson.

SFI: shareholders still awaiting pay-out

Still no SFI auditor payout

By The PMA Team

Shareholders in collapsed Slug & Lettuce operator SFI Group are still waiting for a pay-out nearly two years after the company's former auditor...