Regulation

Bend the rules: How has pub marketing and advertising changed?

How has pub marketing changed?

By Emma Eversham

There are so many rules around advertising now, be them from the Advertising Standards Authority or the Portman Group. Here we highlight some of the defining moments in marketing and advertising and look at how regulation and legislation has changed the...

Who will pay for food safety regulations?

Who will pay for food safety regulations?

By Andrew Don

The free trade is under threat from a proposed food safety regime that some believe has the potential to inflict huge financial damage unless publicans unite with other small food businesses and fight to get their voice heard.

Smoke and mirrors: the law around selling vaping products will change from mid-May

Q&A on the new vaping laws

By Liam Coleman

With new laws around selling e-cigarettes coming into force on 20 May, here is what licensees need to be aware of.

Barstaff sometimes find it dificult when drinkers look older than they really are

If in doubt, ask for proof of age

By Poppleston Allen

There has been recent publicity about trading standards officers using “underhand” tactics to entrap members of barstaff into serving volunteers who are under the age of 18.

Challenge: Tourism Regulation Taskforce pushes Government on cutting red tape

Tourism taskforce: 'Government must cut red tape'

The Government has been urged to make applying for a premises licence easier and to cut red tape on health and safety regulations. The Tourism Regulation Taskforce – chaired by the British Hospitality Association president Alan Parker – has submitted...

Consultation due: Respond now, says Peter Coulson

Reforms are just window dressing

By Peter Coulson

Nothing changes much in Government. I well remember the Labour administration producing a long list of the ‘reforms’ that they intended to bring to licensing, most of which were already under discussion when they started the exercise, and several of which...

Young drinkers: local authorities differ in their responses

Pubs 'in limboland on underage sales'

By Ewan Turney

Pub operators are in an "impossible" situation because of the inconsistent approach taken by local authorities to tackling underage sales....

Jeremy Allen dies

Jeremy Allen dies

By John Harrington

Jeremy Allen, the UK's foremost legal practitioner in licensing issues, has died aged 66. He was a founding partner of the legal firm Poppleston...

Chase: looking at SIA replacement options

The SIA: to be or not to be

By Paul Chase

What may replace the SIA if it is axed? Paul Chase discusses the options including a licence granted locally that enables the holder to work nationally.

LBRO: wants to encourage more consistency in underage-sales stings.

Watchdog vows clearer underage rules

By Michelle Perrett

A Government watchdog has made a fresh bid to encourage more consistency in underage-sales stings. The Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) has...

Poley: surge in demand for help

More drinks firms seek Portman's advice

By John Harrington

Portman reports a big rise in the number of producers asking for their marketing to be vetted — the number of proposals increased 40% in a year.

Government has denied it is to have a moratorium on new laws

Gov denies plans to drop alcohol code

By Ewan Turney

The Government has denied that it is about to dump a raft of new laws, including the mandatory code on alcohol, to ease the burden on struggling...

Coulson: trade needs royal intervention

What if pubs are not the hub?

By Peter Coulson

There is not a single redeeming feature of the first draft proposals of the Responsible Alcohol Sales Taskforce, says Peter Coulson.