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

There’s no sense to ad ban calls

Arguments to ban alcohol advertising are based on flawed logic A COUPLE of weeks ago a report by a ‘virtual expert group’ published by Alcohol...

Further controls could hamper trade

Health influence on policies not always best medicine By Jack Cummins AS licensing boards move towards the completion of their new policy statements, which must be...

PLH renewals a ‘sorry mess’

Trade deserved better than a series of broken, quick fixes

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...

Know what your licence permits

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

Stage set for more drink price drama

Bill will be passed by parliament but policy is certain to be challenged “OH no you can’t!” shout its detractors. “Oh yes we can!” declares...

Online delivery is open to risks

Retailers who don’t pursue due diligence can be held accountable Earlier this year I looked at growing concerns over online alcohol orders. It’s claimed the expansion...

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...

Club licensing was ‘botched’

Bid to create system of greater supervision has fallen short

Is there even more legislation ahead?

The Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy is due to be refreshed later this year and, with a new legislative programme due to be set out...

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