PCA review: Gov concludes adjudicator had shown improvements (Credit: Getty/Henrik Sorensen)

PCA review divides opinion

By Rebecca Weller

Voices from the sector have clashed over the results of the review into the operation and performance of the pubs code adjudicator (PCA).

Pub repairs: how the pubs code helps (pictured: PCA Fiona Dickie)

Pub repairs – how the pubs code helps

By Fiona Dickie, Pubs Code Adjudicator

Disputes over pub repairs can be a real cause of dissatisfaction for the tenant, as well as the landlord. Knowing and using Pubs Code rights can help avoid such disputes arising or help tenants to resolve them if they do.

End of legal battle: Star Pubs & Bars and the pubs code adjudicator have settled their High Court case

Star to pay £1.25m settlement over pubs code breaches

By Gary Lloyd

Star Pubs & Bars has agreed to pay £1.25m to end a High Court litigation with the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) that began in 2019 after an investigation was launched into the pubco breaching the pubs code.

Important survey: PCA launches Annual Tied Tenants Survey

PCA launches Annual Tied Tenant Survey

By Rebecca Weller

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has called on tied publicans to take part in its Annual Tied Tenants Survey to help “restore the balance” in the relationship between tied tenants and pubcos.

Analysis needed:

Professional support vital on pub trigger event claims, PCA warns

By Ed Bedington

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) is seeking to clarify the situation when it comes to trigger events for pubs in light of the ongoing challenges to the hospitality sector, however operators are being warned to seek professional advice before proceeding.

Threat to livelihoods: pubcos urged to demonstrate leadership to the wider industry by PCA


‘Tenants need support of pubcos to survive,’ says PCA

By Stuart Stone

Pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby and deputy Fiona Dickie have called on regulated pubcos refusing to waive rent to clarify how they plan to back tied tenants through the ongoing pandemic.

Dropped: Greene King pulls judicial review into PCA MRO advice

Greene King drops PCA judicial review proceedings pursuit

By Nicholas Robinson

Operator Greene King has dropped its call for a judicial review into an MRO advice note from the Pubs Code, over four months after announcing its intentions to bring court action against the office.

Meetings planned: pubs code adjudicator Paul Newby will meet pubco chiefs in October

PCA responds to latest warnings over pubs code effectiveness

By Emily Hawkins

Pubs code adjudicator (PCA) Paul Newby is set to gather more evidence on the effectiveness of the pubs code after compliance reports from the six big pubcos appeared to confirm earlier research showing "significiant barriers" faced by tied tenants.

Timetable needed: BEIS minister Richard Harrington will take into consideration calls to begin a review into the pubs code early next year

Pubs code review considered for early 2019

By Emily Hawkins

Richard Harrington, Under Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has said he will consider calls for a review into the pubs code to begin at the start of 2019.

Concerns raised: Trade bodies and pubcos have said they are worried the handbook could 'create another level of complexity'

Concern raised over PCA's compliance handbook

By Georgina Townshend

While the pubs code adjudicator's recently published handbook for pub-owning businesses has largely been welcomed, there are worries it could "create another level of complexity, in addition to the existing code".

Slow progress: adjudicator Paul Newby has so far settled just 48 cases.

Pubs code adjudicator receives over 550 enquiries in its first year

By Fred A'Court

More than 550 enquiries have been made to the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) in its first year with the overwhelming number of cases that have been accepted relating to the market-rent-only (MRO) option under which tied tenants can request to go free of...

Major milestone: a look back at the pubs code a year after its implementation

Pubs code: a year on

By Fred A'Court

It is now a year since the pubs code was introduced but neither the trade, nor consultants and legal advisers negotiating deals between breweries and pubs, or pressure groups, seem to be celebrating.

Bone of contention: leading pub operators react to PCA's statement defending slow MRO progress

Pub operators ‘incensed’ by PCA response on MRO

By Georgina Townshend

A group of leading pub operators said it is “incensed” by a response from the pubs code adjudicator’s (PCA) office to concerns it raised last week about the PCA’s slow progress on market-rent-only (MRO) option cases and the mounting costs related to them.

Risk mitigation: the PCA says all MRO cases are dealt with in a proper and lawful manner

PCA defends slow progress on MRO cases as 'reducing risks'

By Claire Churchard

The pubs code adjudicator (PCA) has defended the slow pace of its progress on market-rent-only (MRO) option cases, after a group of pub operators called the body a “rabbit in the headlights” for its perceived inaction.

Failure to regulate: operators claim the PCA looks like a 'rabbit in the headlights'

PCA is ‘rabbit in the headlights’ over MRO, say operators

By Claire Churchard

A group of leading pub operators has described the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) as “a rabbit in the headlights” over its management of the market-rent-only (MRO) option, in a joint letter sent to Marcus Jones, the minister responsible for pubs (Monday...

Punch tenants demand clarification on Heineken deal

Punch tenants demand clarification on Heineken deal

By Michelle Perrett

The Punch Tenant Network (PTN), the campaign group representing Punch licensees, has called on the pubs code adjudicator (PCA) to clarify the position if Heineken’s bid for the pub company is successful.