The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 40

The Lock In Podcast

The challenges of outdoor trading

By Ed Bedington

With summer threatening, the Lock In team take a look at whether pubs are ready or not for outdoor trading, looking at some of the challenges, and how recent legislative changes have impacted on the classic pub garden.

Urgent work: Sometimes no one will be aware that a premises has been operating illegally for years

Licensing Hub – Legal with Poppleston Allen

Beware of insolvency complexities

By Poppleston Allen

We have recently been involved in several cases where the premises licence has lapsed by virtue of the licence holder becoming insolvent or being dissolved.

Can I show the FA Cup final?


Can I show the FA Cup final?

By Poppleston Allen

Next Saturday sees the FA Cup final being staged at Wembley - but it is also live on the BBC, so can pubs show it?

Home Office issues guidance on personal licence renewals

Home Office issues guidance on personal licence renewals

By Ellie Bothwell

The Home Office has published guidance outlining how publicans need to renew personal licences, but has not yet provided the new application form or set a date for when the deregulation of the licences will come into force.

Penalised for being top of the class

By Mike Berry

When was the last time you were penalised for being at the top of the class? Well, that is exactly what appears to be in store for licensees who obtained their personal licences in the early months of 2005, when licence reform in England and Wales was...

Showing films at pubs

Legal checklist: Showing films at your pub

By Poppleston Allen

One way to maximise profits it to provide entertainment at your premises. If you don’t want to go down the route of using live bands, then showing films at your premises is a good alternative, which can appeal to a wide range of customers. Here is a legal...

Personal licence holder obligations licensed trade

6 obligations for personal licence holders

By Poppleston Allen

Once your personal licence has been granted, you should not simply file it under “remember to do something with me in 10 years”. If you are working in the licensed trade and involved in the sale of alcohol, you must comply with certain obligations that...

Keep a check: Make sure you know what is happening to the licence

The importance of safeguarding your pub's premises licence

By Jonathan Smith

It is so important to look after your premises licence. I know that it is an obvious point really, but I have come across two examples recently in practice that illustrate just how easily things can go wrong.

How to get rid of surplus conditions

How to get rid of surplus conditions

By Peter Coulson

Still on the subject of conditions, I continue to see premises licences with a whole string of requirements, many of which appear to have little or no relevance to the current situation of the pub concerned.

Coulson: warning on licences

Losing a licence is not automatic

By Peter Coulson

Copyright trade protection agencies will issue warning leaflets about losing your licence but the loss of the licence is not automatic, says Peter Coulson.

Coulson: warning licensees to record all promos

Precautions for promotions

By Peter Coulson

Issuing diktats to licensees in an uncompromising way is not good regulation, says Peter Coulson.

Coulson: warns licensees to be careful with branding

Branding: avoid making any substitutes

By Peter Coulson

Brand substitution has been around for a long time and needs to be actively discouraged, for a number of reasons, says Peter Coulson.

Coulson: calls for licence change

More time for grieving families

By Peter Coulson

The second change in the new consultation regarding TENs is a long-standing problem, which I first wrote about at the time of the Act.

Coulson: more compassionate stance needed

Sympathy for the widow

By Peter Coulson

Licensing law needs to address death differently and take a more compassionate stance, says Peter Coulson.



Friend out of date Q. A friend of my son has set up a retail business and says that he is going to sell packs of beer but without a licence because...



Bereavement rights Q. A local pub near here has been closed down by council officials because the family failed to apply for a transfer of the...



Age no barrier to licence Q. My father recently celebrated his 75th birthday. Is there an upper age limit for the holding of a personal licence? I...

Licence for pub garden Q Is there any need to license the garden of our pub in some way? I never did anything about this during transition and we...

Breach of licence QThere is a shop in this village which had an off-licence under the old law. They have now taken to putting out tables and chairs...

Holding the licence QI am confused about the requirements for the premises licence. We have a summary posted up at the front door giving all the...

Deceased licence holder Q A colleague has died suddenly while on holiday. For some reason his wife was not named on the licence. What is the legal...

A different type of licence Q When we took over this pub we were given a copy of the existing premises licence, which covers "the provision of live...

Trains and boats and planes Q Under the old licensing laws, certain moveable objects, such as boats and trains, gained exemption from licensing and...

Surrender of a licence QIs there any way a licence can be surrendered? We no longer need one of the licences which we obtained prior to the new...

Can kitty go beyond hours? Q We have had a major debate here about the pre-Christmas practice of setting up a kitty behind the bar. If the fund is...

Does relief need to be qualified? Q I am taking a fortnight off soon and want to hire a relief manager for the period. My question is: do I need to...

Check those changes

Check those changes

For several months I have urged holders of premises licences to check the small print of their new licence and its summary. The reason for this,...

Sonia Young, Editor

Heartache over licence conditions

Since licences are still being issued, it is only now that some have a chance to see the actual terms of their licence. It does not always make good...