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

The new statements will set out each board’s position on licensing policy.

Overprovision back in the spotlight

Health lobby seeks to make its mark on policy statements By Jack Cummins EVERY three years licensing boards must prepare and publish a statement of licensing...
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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...

Pressure continues to mount on trade

Police and health lobby increasingly intervening in alcohol policy AS the fumes cleared in the wake of the smoking ban a few years back, it...
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Consolidation of legislation needed

Failure to comprehend the law could land operators in trouble IMAGINE a criminal trial where it seemed no one in the court knew the law...

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.

Tempestuous times ahead for boards

Aberdeen licensing board’s bold policy on overprovision ended up in a ditch a few months ago – and now it seems odds on that...

Take care in the transfer window

Operators reopening closed premises must carry out thorough checks A QUESTION from an SLTN reader raises issues of considerable importance to the trade that can’t...

New proposals fail to cheer

Legal agents lament influence of health lobby on new consultation IT’S been two months since the Scottish Government stunned the trade with its latest proposals...

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...
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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...

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