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

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.

Know what your licence permits

Even small tweaks to a venue have to be in the operating plan

Disabilities have to be catered for

A recent legal case has reiterated the importance of accessibility

Trade braced for further reform

Increased regulation and bureaucracy putting pressure on operators, lawyers say SCOTLAND’S licensed trade is facing its third piece of legislation since the 2005 Act came...

When a policy is not allowed to fail

MUP is likely to be hailed a success, whatever the evidence .

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...

LP links up with law firm

LEGAL firm Lindsays has launched a new licensing service for members of buying group LP Pub Company. The new deal means members of LP Pub...

How to handle test purchase fall-out

Employers should establish the facts before considering any disciplinary action against an employee, writes employment lawyer Ben Doherty Test purchase operations are conducted in partnership between...

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...

(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...