Advice and opinions from one of Scotland’s leading licensing lawyers, Jack Cummins

Overprovision is still a minefield

Recent Aldi decision in Dundee serves as a warning to other boards Two years ago, Dundee licensing board carried out an overprovision consultation exercise and...

Operators face notification ‘maze’

Refresher training documentation required by boards varies wildly.

Provisions are a blast from the past

Legal changes are a throwback to the approach of yesteryear The Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent on August 4, 2015 and...

Family rules are a step backwards

The 2005 Act meant to encourage child-friendly venues. It didn’t “COMPLEX, uncertain, and at times almost unintelligible” – that was the Nicholson Committee’s unflattering view...

Club licensing was ‘botched’

Bid to create system of greater supervision has fallen short

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...

An occasion for the law to change

New moves could help prevent abuse of occasional licences .

Stars align to stoke liquor rationing fire

Misunderstanding at the heart of alcohol ‘sales quota’ stories IT was a recipe for a perfect storm. Take a call for a more effective approach...

Trade is entitled to a fair hearing

Is it right for boards to consider pending charges before guilt is established? IN the last issue of SLTN solicitor Stephen McGowan deconstructed the suggestion...

Court action likely on licence cap policy

Almost three years since it came into effect, the 2005 Act is still sparking controversy, as the debate over Edinburgh’s overprovision policy shows. CONTROVERSY...