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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...
Several areas are outwith the scope of MUP, including online retailing.

Not all required to comply with MUP

Some sources of alcohol are beyond minimum unit pricing’s reach

End of the road for forecourt ‘ban’?

Latest consultation addressed issue of licensing shops at petrol garages MANY licensed premises attract motorists but the Scottish Government, backed by some licensing boards and...
Applications involving small shops often attract residents’ objections.

Board rulings must be based on facts

Decisions founded on speculation will be open to challenge

An Epic case of trade injustice

There should be a greater focus on youngsters who break the law By Jack Cummins CONNIVING underage youngsters who commit the offence of purchasing alcohol escape...

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...

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...

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...

Disabilities have to be catered for

A recent legal case has reiterated the importance of accessibility

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...