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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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Could occasionals curb be revisited?

Occasional licences remain a vital permission for many businesses

Disabilities have to be catered for

A recent legal case has reiterated the importance of accessibility

An occasion for the law to change

New moves could help prevent abuse of occasional licences .

Buck stops with boss under Act

But vicarious responsibility provision does offer due diligence defence MAJOR changes to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 were introduced in the run-up to Christmas. These have...

Alcohol requires targeted tactics

Whole-population measures are not the key to tackling problems “WE’RE going to stamp out the sale of super-strength ciders at pocket-money prices” – with three...

For clubs the devil is in the detail

The rules governing a members’ club are all in its premises licence For over a hundred years, until the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came into...

Sheriff warning over short-term sanctions

Immediate suspensions may lead to “denial of justice” THE last issue of SLTN reported that Asda had suffered a one-day licence suspension following the sale...

Policy rethink is not needed

IT’S official: Alcohol Focus Scotland has acknowledged that Scotland’s licensed industry has been subject to a whole series of new licensing legislation over the...

Make sure your age policy adds up

Signage and staff training essential ahead of ‘challenge 25’ implementation THE trade will be obliged to operate an ‘age verification policy’ from October 1, when...

Take care in the transfer window

Operators reopening closed premises must carry out thorough checks A QUESTION from an SLTN reader raises issues of considerable importance to the trade that can’t...


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