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Thursday, March 4, 2021
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Advice and opinions from one of Scotland’s leading licensing lawyers, Jack Cummins

‘Killjoy’ outdoor drinking bans are here to stay

When the reopening of outdoor areas was kicked down the lockdown-easing route map last week, sections of a frustrated public found bright sunshine and the availability of takeaway pints an irresistible temptation. But almost immediately a row has broken out over “killjoy” byelaw bans

Coronavirus: D-day for defaulters

The small minority of licensed outlets that defied the Scottish Government’s order to close could find themselves facing sanctions sooner than expected

Coronavirus: navigating uncharted waters

During the Second World War, when the German Luftwaffe was doing its very best to reduce industrial Britain to rubble, pubs remained open and beer wasn’t rationed. Now, we face an unseen enemy – and, as in all wars, there are heroes and villains

Pressure continues to mount on trade

Police and health lobby increasingly intervening in alcohol policy AS the fumes cleared in the wake of the smoking ban a few years back, it...