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Expect a flurry of law changes to impact pubs

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Expect a flurry of law changes to impact pubs

By Jonathan Smith & Andy Grimsey

It looks as though the licensing world is about to see some important legal changes - many of which it could be argued are overdue.

Allergens law: Make sure you know food regs

Licensing changes never end

By Poppleston Allen

There have been a lot of changes in the licensing world during the past 12 months and even more are proposed for next year.

Staff: do they know licensing law?

Ten licensing law issues to teach your staff

By Poppleston Allen

It is good practice to provide training in licensing for when you are absent - here are 10 tips on the main areas of law that your staff should have some knowledge of.

Police officers may want to see your personal licence

Helpful hints on personal licences

By Poppleston Allen

Now that we have some certainty over the future of personal licences, in that they are to remain with us for the foreseeable future, it is worth reiterating the legal requirements associated with the possession of such a licence.

Michael Kheng:

Could your licence fees increase dramatically?

By Michael Kheng

The Home Office is consulting on licence fees which see a cap for local authorities to charge coming into effect. Michael Kheng of licensing consultants Kurnia attended a consultation event on the proposed changes in London last week. In this article,...

The trade has said the Government's proposals would lead to inconsistency and undermine the professionalism of the industry

Industry unites against personal licence abolition plan

By Ellie Bothwell

Industry groups, including the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), have lobbied the Government to retain personal licences in a joint letter to crime prevention...

Police forces across the country will be checking compliance with pubs' licence conditions during a week of enforcement action

Police week of action: Top tips on complying with licence conditions

By Poppleston Allen

The Association of Chief Police Officers will be holding its annual ‘week of action’ from 16-22 September. A number of forces have confirmed they will be carrying out test purchasing, SIA checks and monitor compliance with licence conditions. Follow our...

You must renew your personal licence at least four weeks before its expiry date

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...

The DPS is the main point of contact in discussion with police

Legal checklist: Appointing a DPS

By Poppleston Allen

While many of you will already have undertaken the appointment of a designated premises supervisor (DPS), the importance of the role can often be forgotten, with potentially damaging consequences.

Culson: prosecutions are continuing

Personal licences at risk

By Peter Coulson

Prosecutions against the illegal showing of Sky football are continuing, warns Peter Coulson.

Browne: still harbours concerns

Leeway for Scots pubs on licensing

By Ewan Turney

Pubs in Scotland will not have to stop selling alcohol because the licensee has yet to receive their personal licence. The Scottish Beer and Pub...

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.

Q&A

Q&A

Not valid in Scotland Q. I am thinking of taking over a pub just over the border in Scotland. Will my existing personal licence be valid for that, or...

Yadvinder Singh did not have a commercial contract for Sky

Licence stripped for illegal Sky screening

By Ewan Turney

A Birmingham licensee has been stripped of his personal licence and slapped with a £6,000 fine for illegally showing Sky using a domestic card....

Q&A

Q&A

Licence may not be needed Q. I've worked in the licensed trade for a number of years and have now applied for a job as steward with a large social...

Q&A

Q&A

Review and cancellation of personal licence Q. Can a licensing officer call in a personal licence for review and can it be cancelled, like a driving...

Q&A

Q&A

Licence after bankruptcy Q. I want to take over a pub, but I am a recently discharged bankrupt. Will there be any problems with the licences or with...

Q&A

Q&A

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...

BII makes personal licence test easier

BII makes personal licence test easier

By John Harrington

Compulsory questions are being abolished from a popular BII exam for licensees in England and Wales. Currently, candidates for the BII's Level 2...

Investing in skills

Investing in skills

Managed-house operators are nurturing talented staff to make sure they keep their best people. Graham Ridout finds out more The trend towards a more...

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Licensing@aol.com

Notifying personal changes QI have just received both my paper and card personal licence from the council. They both state the name of the pub I was...

THE GUV'NOR

THE GUV'NOR

Graham Rowson Customers will soon have a personal licence for drinking, predicts the licensee of the Plungington Tavern, Preston, Lancashire The...