Saturday, July 11, 2020
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Legal

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

Time for proper appeals to return?

THE remarkable battle between Ayrshire operator Buzzworks and pub giant JD Wetherspoon has spawned a decision that could spell real uncertainty for licensed trade...

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...

Sheriff warning over short-term sanctions

Immediate suspensions may lead to “denial of justice” THE last issue of SLTN reported that Asda had suffered a one-day licence suspension following the sale...

Edinburgh board sets a new course

Reversal of Sainsbury’s decision indicates a fresh way of thinking IN the past couple of years we’ve seen the health lobby in the ascendant. In the...

Online delivery is open to risks

Retailers who don’t pursue due diligence can be held accountable Earlier this year I looked at growing concerns over online alcohol orders. It’s claimed the expansion...

No such thing as test perfection

A FEW months ago I drew attention to a worrying trend in relation to test purchase failures. Licensing boards had started to use their immediate...

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...

Responsibility levy is a ‘nonsense’ tax

Long-mooted power could be the last straw for some operators The word “alcohol” appeared only once in the SNP’s pre-election manifesto (in the context of...