Licensing

Clocking on: make sure that your operating hours are legal

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Legal Q&A: British summer time and duty manager displays name

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at how the clocks going forwards impacts a pub licence and whether or not pubs need to put duty manager names on display.

Illegal workers: There are warnings in the guidance on other associated criminal activities

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Right to work in the UK rules

By Poppleston Allen

It is stating the obvious that everybody you employ must have a right to work in the UK.

Table manners: rules vary from council to council

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Legal Q&A: pavement café licenses and door staff numbers

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at the rules governing door staff numbers and pavement-side tables and chairs.

Sound advice: a noise limiter could be agreed with the council

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Top tips: beware of noise pollution from spring

By Poppleston Allen

As you might have already noticed, the nights and mornings have got that little bit lighter of late. And it is only a few weeks now until you will need to put your clocks forward; meaning that nicer weather is hopefully on its way.

No appetite yet: changes to the late-night levy policy are likely to include food premises such as kebab shops and not just pubs

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Late-night levy changes are close

By Poppleston Allen

As you may be aware Southwark and Redbridge have become the latest London boroughs to throw their hats into the late-night levy ring, confirming they both intend to consult on adopting a levy, with a view to taking effect in September and October 2019...

Legislative timeline: what changes have passed through Parliament since The Morning Advertiser was founded 225 years ago

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Putting the house in order

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen unravels legislative twists and turns affecting the pub trade in the past 225 years.

Delegated responsibility: personal licence holders can authorise others to sell alcohol

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Legal Q&A: freepour warning

By Poppleston Allen

Specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen's latest legal Q&A looks at the rules governing free-pouring and personal licences.

Spell it out: be precise when setting out your plans for door staff

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Legal top tips: How simple errors can prove costly

By Poppleston Allen

Sometimes the easiest of tasks pose the direst of consequences if you get them wrong. I have often seen applications rejected, stalled or have unintended consequences for the simplest of mistakes.

Children in pubs: Poppleston Allen's Graeme Cushion discusses what pub operators need to know about youngsters in pubs

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Need to know: children in pubs

By Poppleston Allen

The questions of whether children can work in licensed premises or indeed be in those premises as a customer are ones that sometimes cause confusion and therefore may benefit from some clarification.

Spring into life: using inflatables comes with safety implications

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Make sure your checks don’t bounce

By Poppleston Allen

This may well seem a little premature, but we all know how quickly the warmer weather will come around, with Easter bank holiday weekend only a couple of months away – the outdoor events will start up again before you know it.

Customer care: alcohol self-service could mean risks over licensing objectives

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Self service in pubs – risk or reward?

By Poppleston Allen

A trend towards allowing customers to pour their own beer could mean risks over the licensing objectives

Time’s up: drinking-up time is at your discretion

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Legal Q&A: drinking up time and country pub refurb

By Poppleston Allen

The latest legal Q&A from specialist licensing solicitors Poppleston Allen examines the laws around drinking-up time when filing TENs and country pub refurb.

Basic advice: seasoned staff as well as juniors can use these tips

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Legal top tips: advice working at licensed premises

By Poppleston Allen

With a son who has just started a part-time job working behind a bar while at university, it seemed the right time to share the pearls of wisdom I have given him on some of the things he needs to watch out for.

Compliance check: make sure you know which regulations apply to your business says Poppleston Allen's Hannah Price

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Need to know: protecting your business from potential prosecution

By Poppleston Allen

Whether you are looking to take over an existing premises or starting from scratch, it is not always clear which regulations apply to your business and how you achieve compliance with them.

Expert opinion: Lisa Sharkey doesn't see much early impact for licensing from Brexit negotiations

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How could Brexit affect licensing laws for pubs?

By Poppleston Allen

With less than nine months to go until the UK leaves the European Union (EU), Lisa Sharkey, managing partner at law firm Poppleston Allen, outlines the impact Brexit could have on the country’s licensing laws.

How to understand local council's statement of licensing policy

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How to understand local council's statement of licensing policy

By Poppleston Allen

A local authority's statement of licensing policy (SOLP) outlines the licensing information in the area and can affect a premises under the council's care. Legal experts, Poppleston Allen give advice on how to understand the statement.

A year of change ahead

A year of change ahead

By Peter Coulson

There will be many readers who remember the period of transition from one licensing system to another, back in 2005, as one long confusion. Certainly the protracted period of change, complexities of the forms, the delays of local authorities and general...

Bill is set to change licensing laws

Health boards get say on licensing

By Ewan Turney

Authorities will be able to take into consideration the impact of licensing on public health, under new Government plans to overhaul licensing. The...

Coulson: dangerous for politicians to be involved in licensing

Politicians' licence to intrude

By Peter Coulson

Politicians becoming directly involved in the licensing process does nothing to address the underlying issue of the binge culture, says Peter Coulson.

Coulson: police should not express a personal view

A return for 'fit and proper'?

By Peter Coulson

MA legal editor Peter Coulson considers whether police should be able to object to a licence on health grounds.

Coulson: lack of willingness to challenge behaviour in higher authority

Not an appealing prospect

By Peter Coulson

One of the major differences between the workings of the old 1964 Licensing Act and the current 2003 version is the lack of clarity about what the law actually means, says Peter Coulson.

Licensing reform

Licensing reform

We take a look at what change licensing reform may bring for licensees.Licensees can be forgiven if they develop split personalities over the next...