New Licensing Act

Peter Coulson is frustrated by licensing reform

Itching for licensing reform

By Peter Coulson

We are now seven years on from the start of that frantic period of applications for new personal and premises licences, known as ‘transition’. I am beginning to get that Seven Year Itch.

Coulson: against 3am turf-out proposal

Gerry's tinkering with licensing laws

By Peter Coulson

Chelsea are riding high at the moment, but many will remember the days of Claudio Ranieri, also known as the Tinkerman, says Peter Coulson.

Coulson: some operators are nervous about PASS but there is no need

Accepting a passport to drink

By Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson is sorry to note that the PASS scheme is being rejected in some places because of the possibility of fake cards.

BII believes 20% of licensed venues have closed

20% of Scots venues close under new laws

By Gemma McKenna

One fifth of licensed premises in Scotland have closed since the new Licensing Act came in yesterday — that's according to Janet Hood, who heads...

Tax alcohol more, says top doctor

Tax alcohol more, says top doctor

England's top doctor has called for increased tax on alcohol 'to protect people's health' and backed a review of the new licensing act. Chief Medical...

Consistency is vital

Consistency is vital

By Peter Coulson

Listening to Dave Sissons of Doncaster LVA giving evidence to MPs the other day about the problems of the new Licensing Act, I found myself getting...

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Getting a head under pint law QDoes the law on full pints of liquid apply under the new Licensing Act, or can we still allow for the head? AThis has...

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.