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Advice given: there are a variety of things operators should know about hosting raffles in pubs (image: Getty/kevinjeon00)

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How to host a raffle

By Imogen Moss, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

With the festive season upon us, many operators will be planning raffles. There are a number of rules venues must follow, so here are some top tips to ensure everyone remains a winner.

Stay on top: there are many boxes to be ticked

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Does your business still meet legal criteria since reopening?

By Richard Bradley, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Last year, Poppleston Allen published a detailed coronavirus pre-opening checklist and while the process of reopening has, to many, been one of tortuous evolution rather than speedy revolution, many of those considerations remain relevant today.

Young people in hospitality: In 2019 of the 1.762bn people employed in the sector, 620,000 were aged 16 to 24

Poll: Would you employ under 18s in your pub?

By Rebecca Weller

More than a third (39%) of hospitality and leisure SMEs are expected to hire more staff this year, recent data from Barclaycard’s SME Barometer showed.

Top tips: Poppleston Allen urged operators to be prepared in understanding situations and circumstances (image: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

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Taking care of taking care

By Andy Grimsey, partner at Poppleston Allen

Vulnerability comes in many shapes and sizes. Often people associate vulnerability with particular traits however it is important for operators of licensed premises and their teams to be aware of what makes a person vulnerable along with what can make...

Getting delivery right: ensuring you have a good age verification policy is one aspect to consider

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Stay on the right side of the law with deliveries and takeaways

By Suraj Desor, solicitor Poppleston Allen

With the rise in home delivery and takeaway in recent years, accelerated by the pandemic, many operators such as our online delivery and restaurant clients have seen this as a great way to expand business.

No music, no pub: Petition to save the Duke of Cornwall's licence nears 2,000 signatures (Getty/ milangonda)

Almost 2,000 sign petition to save live music pub

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The licensee of the Duke of Cornwall felt “the whole town plus people from out of Weymouth [are] on our side” as a petition to save the Dorset-based pub’s licence has scored almost 2,000 signatures.

Festive season: Poppleston Allen has issued advice on how to deal with customers who have 'indulged in the odd glass or two more than they usually would'

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How to deal with a bit too much Christmas spirit

By David Inzani, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

I know that you might have only just packed away your Halloween costumes, however this week the John Lewis advert hit our TV screens and that means only one thing – Christmas is coming.

Open all hours: extension to your operating hours could add to your bottom line

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Opportunity to extend operating hours and reap the rewards

By Imogen Moss, solicitor Poppleston Allen

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the face of many towns and cities and unfortunately, we have seen the closure of many nightclubs up and down the country.

Consultation process: pubs code adjudicator Fiona Dickie

Tell me your views on the free-of-tie process

By Fiona Dickie, pubs code adjudicator

In a previous column in The Morning Advertiser, I wrote about how the market-rent-only (MRO) option process had become better for tenants, but was still far from perfect.

Information given: Poppleston Allen solicitor David Inzani outlines how insolvency impacts a premises licence

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Dealing with the impact insolvency has on a premises licences

By David Inzani, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

The plight of the hospitality industry in the pandemic has been well documented and, sadly, stories of insolvency and premises closures are currently all too common. It has, therefore, never been more important for licensees to safeguard their premises...

Stay on the right side of the law: the only way to guarantee your Cinch SPFL broadcast is legitimate is to buy through Sky

Combating piracy of SPFL matches in commercial premises

By Sky Business

With the 2021-22 football season well under way, the Scottish Professional Football League (Cinch SPFL) is increasing its anti-piracy work to prevent unauthorised broadcasts of Cinch SPFL matches being screened in pubs and other licensed premises.

Take the fear factor out of operating hours: advice from licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen (credit: Getty/shironosov)

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Don’t let Halloween become a licensing nightmare

By David Inzani, solicitor at Poppleston Allen

The autumn events schedule is almost here with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night fast approaching, hopefully very different propositions to their 2020 Covid-related counterparts.

Latest licensing moves: pavement licences and temporary event notices are among changes (Credit: Getty Images /  Thomas Barwick)

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Your guide to the latest licensing law changes

By Poppleston Allen

As we move out of summer and into autumn, I thought it might be helpful to do a little round up of some of the changes in licensing legislation that have occurred, or will occur, in the next month or so.

Threats on rise: British Institute of Innkeeping's Steve Alton

Opinion

Pubs’ recovery under threat as supply chain issues escalate

By Steve Alton, chief executive, British Institute of Innkeeping

Our sector relies upon an effective integrated supply chain linking raw materials, manufacturing and logistics to ensure our pubs can deliver a fantastic experience for their customers.

Advice piece: Poppleston Allen give the answers you need to know about pavement licences (image: Getty/urbazon)

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Legal Q&A: pavement licences

By Poppleston Allen

Licensing experts Poppleston Allen answer questions about pavement licences.

Legal advice: James Fownes of Shakespeare Martineau

A solution for pubs with pandemic-induced rent arrears?

By James Fownes, property disputes partners, Shakespeare Martineau

The Government is looking to introduce legislation to alleviate the problem of rent arrears accrued during the pandemic, here at law expert Shakespeare Martineau, we look at the situation.

Legal advice: tips on the position of gaming machines (image: Getty/halbergman)

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Legal Q&A: Raffle rules and gaming machines

By Poppleston Allen

Poppleston Allen delves into the rules around hosting a charity raffle as well as locations of gaming machines.

Online event: the free webinar will take place on Tuesday 14 September (image: Getty/Richard Drury)

Free advice on tackling noise complaints

By The Morning Advertiser

With noise nuisance rapidly becoming a major problem for a lot of operators on the return to trade, there’s still time to register to take part in a free online event to help you get to grips with the problem.

Top tips: Poppleston Allen has outlined how operators could deal with issues around noise (image: Getty/Muanpare wanpen)

Top tips on dealing with noise issues

By James Anderson, Poppleston Allen

It is time I think to revisit the issue of external areas of pub gardens and noise. Post-pandemic, are local people more appreciative of their local and more resigned to the odd burst of loud chatter from the garden, or have the months of closure led...

Online event: the webinar will look at how operators can deal with noise complaints from neighbours (image: Getty/SolStock)

Noises off?

By The Morning Advertiser

With the return to full trading following a disastrous year of shutdown and lockdown, many operators are experiencing an increased issue with regard to noise complaints from neighbours.

Property opportunities: 'While high streets and town centres are suffering culturally due to the loss of so many hospitality businesses, the upshot of this is that there are now units available in excellent locations' (image: Getty/miodrag ignjatovic)

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Opportunities through policy reviews

By Poppleston Allen

The impact of the pandemic and casualties in the hospitality sector are well-documented and, sadly, probably not over yet.

Measures in place: operators should ensure they are aware of the legalities around hosting bingo (image: Getty juniorbeep)

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Top tips: social bingo revival within licensed premises

By Richard Bradley, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Since the reopening of the hospitality industry, there has been a rise in the entertainment offered within premises as they look to innovate in their offering to attract the return of customers.

Rules in place: while restrictions have eased for pubs, the Government guidance states risk assessments remain a legal requirement under health and safety law (image: Getty/da-kuk)

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Legal Q&A: Gov guidance confusion and hot food sales

By Richard Bradley, Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A with specialists Poppleston Allen tackles confusion over Government guidance alongside the sale of hot food rules.

Beer boom: ‘It may be that as an operator you are considering running different types of events to not only boost trade, but to attract both existing and new customers back into your venue’ (image: Getty/Aja Koska)

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Top tips: ‘freedom day’ and beer festivals

By Poppleston Allen

The remaining coronavirus restrictions are due to be lifted on the 19 July and it is likely all operators will be looking at alternative ways of maximising trade after such long periods of closure and restrictions being in place.

Online case: licensing hearings are likely to be virtual at present (image: Getty/anyaberkut)

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Remote Licensing Hearings – A Virtual Reality

By Poppleston Allen

In a year when everything was different, one thing that turned remarkably quickly were the wheels of justice in establishing remote hearings and meetings.

Extended measures: Suraj Desor, specialist hospitality licensing solicitor at Poppleston Allen, answers key questions about the extended Covid restrictions (image: Getty/Monkeybusinessimages)

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Restrictions extended in England – What pubs need to know

By Poppleston Allen

The Prime Minister has confirmed restrictions in England will remain in place at least midnight on 18 July. Suraj Desor, specialist hospitality licensing solicitor at Poppleston Allen, answers key questions about the extended measures.

Covid impact: ‘As the effects of pandemic restrictions have seen all venues hit pause on operating as usual, these are felt in a unique way for LGBTQ+ venues and communities’ (Image: Getty/nrqemi)

Opinion – Pride 2021

‘Nights out should be about fun and freedom, not fear’

By Aliyah Rawat, associate trainer, Good Night Out Campaign

As a London-based trainer for Good Night Out Campaign (GNO), an event producer and DJ, I have seen first-hand the precarious position Covid-19 restrictions has placed the industry in.