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Thursday, March 4, 2021
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Legal

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

Price measures not on the level

Latest uproar over drinks pricing reveals a poor grasp of current law When the Scottish Mail on Sunday carried a two-page “special report” under the headline...

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...

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...

Police should stick to remit on alcohol

Officers have adopted wider brief in recent years TRADITIONALLY, the police have always played a central role in a licensing system with a focus on...

Look ahead by looking back

A 1979 case might give a glimpse into how ‘fit and proper’ will work THE return of the ‘fit and proper person’ to licensing law...

Stakes high in playing with fire

THE recent conclusions of the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) into the Rosepark Care Home fire disaster in Lanarkshire gave a timely reminder to operators...

Board looks to get tough on licences

Proposals in Dundee seek to reduce number of new premises.

Compliance for Christmas

Licensing lawyers outline potential pitfalls of the festive season and how to avoid them Christmas is the season to be jolly and for most people...

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...
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Clarity needed on fit and proper test

Boards shouldn’t base licensing decisions on vague intelligence In my column a couple of months ago I looked at two proposals in the Air...