Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Advice and opinions from one of Scotland’s leading licensing lawyers, Jack Cummins

Lawyer named rising star

LICENSING lawyer, and SLTN columnist, Stephen McGowan has been named Rising Star of the Year at the Scottish Legal Awards. McGowan, a director of...

An inconvenient truth for board

Ruling in Aberdeen underlines risks of basing refusals on health REMEMBER the so-called ‘CTN’ retail sector? There was a time when many small businesses made...

Coronavirus lockdown: When an individual’s freedom is at stake the law should not be...

It's the most extraordinary restriction on the liberty of the population: “No person may leave the place where they are living”

Trade braced for further reform

Increased regulation and bureaucracy putting pressure on operators, lawyers say SCOTLAND’S licensed trade is facing its third piece of legislation since the 2005 Act came...

Disabilities have to be catered for

A recent legal case has reiterated the importance of accessibility

An eye for detail aids compliance

Regular checks offer pitfall protection, lawyers say No publican wants to get on the wrong side of their local licensing board, but the sheer volume...

Any age policy has to be robust

Recent figures reiterated the importance of age verification .

Brightcrew ruling continues to impact

Judgement that boards must only consider alcohol in decisions has ramifications BACK in May 2010 a ruling from Glasgow Sheriff Court looked set to cause...

There’s no sense to ad ban calls

Arguments to ban alcohol advertising are based on flawed logic A COUPLE of weeks ago a report by a ‘virtual expert group’ published by Alcohol...

Coronavirus: Hurdles ahead on trade’s path to reopening

The answers to these questions will play a pivotal role in the survival of thousands of hospitality businesses. When will the lockdown measures be eased? How can the trade viably adapt to social distancing challenges – and what are the regulatory obstacles?