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Friday, August 12, 2022


Jack Cummins is one of Scotland’s leading licensing lawyers. Every month he writes on licensing law and answers readers’ questions in SLTN.

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It’s vital that you stick to the plan

Departing from an operating plan can land a business in hot water
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Will new boards bring changes?

The influx of new licensing boards could mean local policy tweaks
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Challenges to SEV ‘zero’ bid expected

“BRIGHTCREW”: the Court of Session ruling that made a major impact on licensing boards’ approach to decisions – making it licensing lawyers’ favourite appeal judgment – and also helped to progress campaigners’ calls for the introduction of sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licensing.

Price to continue climbing agenda

What role will MUP play in overprovision policies going forward?

Expect pressure on minimum price

MUP likely to return to the agenda as it reaches five-year milestone

Ensure age check policy is watertight

Licensing Act requires all premises to operate verification policy

Licensing role sets a standard

What to expect if a licensing standards officer pays a visit
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Everybody needs good neighbours

Ensuring outdoor areas are properly managed is crucial
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Could occasionals curb be revisited?

Occasional licences remain a vital permission for many businesses
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Gaps remain in protection law

Hospitality workers have always been exposed to threatening and abusive behaviour from senseless – even violent – customers.


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