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

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...

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...

Landmark ruling to impact on fees?

Judgement capable of ensuring charges cannot exceed costs IT’S not very often the bureaucrats in Brussels devise legislation that could actually ease the financial burdens...

Health objective: fit for purpose?

A decade after the new Act one of its foundations is still weak .

Tenants’ dismay at pubco response

The UK Government last week disappointed pub tenants campaigning for sweeping reform of the pubco model. In its response to the latest report by the Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) committee, which has been carrying out a long-running enquiry into pubcos, the government ruled out removing the beer tie.

PLH mess didn’t have to happen

The current renewals uncertainty could easily have been avoided .

Security steps are vital legal defence

London case shows trade can be sued by customers who are attacked on premises. A few years ago, Eddie Tobin, doyen of the Scottish late-night industry, called on operators to sue violent customers who put licences in jeopardy.

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...

Watchdog led us a merry dance – VC2

Stirling-based VC2 Brands has hit back at the Portman Group after the watchdog’s complaints panel forced it to rename its flagship product – despite giving it a clean bill of health for several years. VC2 has rebranded its Stiffy’s vodka liqueur as Stivy’s after the panel ruled that the product’s name was in breach of Portman’s code of practice on the naming, packaging and promotion of alcoholic drinks.

Elements of Bill a cause for concern

Fit and proper test could be operated with ‘worrying elasticity’ By Jack Cummins WE might have been expecting some sort of tidy up exercise: in the...