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Nick Hogan

Smoke-in planned in protest over ban

By Ewan Turney

A mass light-up will take place at a Bolton pub on 1 July in defiance of the smoking ban. Nick Hogan, licensee of the 750-capacity Swan in...

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Raffles must include details QWe have been asked to sell raffle tickets for the local Rotary club in aid of a local rugby player who broke his back....

Paying for the right to performance

Paying for the right to performance

By Peter Coulson

Although the issue of copyright in televised football has dominated the news over the past few months, this is part of a much wider law which...

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Can we ask for a thug ban? QOver the years we have campaigned hard for the police to take legal action through the Crown Prosecution Service against...

Wetherspoon boss talks about role

Wetherspoon boss talks about role

By The PMA Team

JD Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin has given an insight into his current role at the company. The degree of Martin's involvement at...

LETTERs

LETTERs

Making sense of smoking laws I note from an East Lindsay District Council pamphlet that the fine for "failing to prevent smoking in a smoke-free...

A court

Pubs liable for sexual harassment

Licensees could face legal action if staff are sexually harassed by the public, following a High Court ruling. A raft of legal claims have been...

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Child labour in pubs QWe own our own pub and our eldest child, aged 14, would like to help out behind the bar on an occasional basis. We saw a news...

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Extensions have to be sought Q Is there any special dispensation on hours for Saints' Days under the new law? We have nothing on our licence, but...

Poker skill licensee guilty

Poker skill licensee guilty

licensee guilty of running unlicensed poker games after failing to persuade a jury it is a game of skill.

MA Legal expert  Peter Coulson

Stretching the point too far

By Peter Coulson

Although it was interesting to read about the recent county court judgement concerning liability of door staff, I am not sure it deserved the...

Court ruling backs pubs and doorstaff

Court ruling backs pubs and doorstaff

A legal ruling confirms that operators and doorstaff are not liable for everything that happens at the entrance or inside pubs or clubs, a lawyer...

The Crehan verdict

The Crehan verdict

The "big man wins again" was how licensee Bernie Crehan summed up the loss of his landmark court case in a statement last week. The licensee had...

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By Peter Coulson

Are painted signs binding? QI took over this pub after Christmas and have been struggling to retain staff. Recently, I had a visit from a council...

Definition of 'guest' scrutinised

Definition of 'guest' scrutinised

By Peter Coulson

In the good old days, a guest was a guest. You entertained him (usually a 'him') in your plush club, the account was rendered to you later, discreetly, and he never reached into his pocket for anything.