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Thursday, June 24, 2021


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

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...

An occasion for the law to change

New moves could help prevent abuse of occasional licences .

(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...

An inconvenient truth for board

Ruling in Aberdeen underlines risks of basing refusals on health REMEMBER the so-called ‘CTN’ retail sector? There was a time when many small businesses made...

Coronavirus lockdown: When an individual’s freedom is at stake the law should not be...

It's the most extraordinary restriction on the liberty of the population: “No person may leave the place where they are living”

Health report is unfair to boards

New publication is a ‘fundamental attack’ on the licensing system By Jack Cummins EARLIER this year, Edinburgh licensing board came under fire following decisions to grant...

Disabilities have to be catered for

A recent legal case has reiterated the importance of accessibility

Buck stops with boss under Act

But vicarious responsibility provision does offer due diligence defence MAJOR changes to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 were introduced in the run-up to Christmas. These have...

An eye for detail aids compliance

Regular checks offer pitfall protection, lawyers say No publican wants to get on the wrong side of their local licensing board, but the sheer volume...

Any age policy has to be robust

Recent figures reiterated the importance of age verification .