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

Penalties for illegal sales is test for Act

THE sanctions dispensed by boards to businesses that fail test purchases and are caught selling alcohol to underage persons is another hot topic in...

(Only two) reasons to be cheerful

National Licensing Forum is best platform for future licensing debate TWO elements of the alcohol licensing consultation launched by the Scottish Government just before Christmas...

Any age policy has to be robust

Recent figures reiterated the importance of age verification .

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.

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...
Applications involving small shops often attract residents’ objections.

Board rulings must be based on facts

Decisions founded on speculation will be open to challenge

Advice needed on policy

Licensing boards could use some guidance from Holyrood, say lawyers FURTHER guidance from the Scottish Government on licensing policy would help create a fairer and...
Stronger policies better for boards

Stronger policies better for boards

Statistics alone aren’t enough to determine overprovision in an area SEVEN years ago West Dunbartonshire licensing board introduced an overprovision policy designed to ban new...

Trade deserves seat at the table

Licensing group needs representatives from all sides By Jack Cummins “HEALTH specialists angered at being left off licensing hours review” – it’s the sort of newspaper...

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...

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