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“Q: I’m a member of a bowling club and concerned about the lack of staff training. Is a private club exempt from the requirement to train staff selling alcohol? Three of our bar staff have never had any training at all. Also, the committee overrule the staff when they refuse a member more drink because they’ve already had too much. Is the club breaking the law? And can a club be allowed to sell large quantities of alcohol on closing time and then allow the drinks to be consumed past the fifteen minutes drinking-up time?”
“Q: I, along with four other colleagues, undertook and passed the refresher course. I wrote to the licensing board to confirm this as required by the Act. An officer has asked for a copy of the certificates, which I will supply. They have also asked for all four pages of our current personal licences (copies). Do we really have to supply these?”
“Q: The pub I currently work in is in the process of being sold. The buyer wants me to be the premises manager when this happens at the start of November. I have booked myself in to get my personal licence at the end of October but obviously I will need to wait for the certificate to arrive before I can apply to the licensing board. My current manager says there is a six week period before the old licence runs out. Is this correct?”
“Q: I’ve been asked to provide a finger buffet for a fundraising event in the local church hall. Guests will be offered a glass of wine. There will be no charge for the alcohol, but admission to the event will be conditional on a donation of at least £5. Organisers assure me that since the alcohol is ‘free’ no occasional licence is required, but I have my doubts. What do you think?”
“Q: I have a premises licence for a country hotel and regularly apply for and am granted occasional licences until 1am for the village hall. We then have 15 minutes drinking up time, at which point on licensed premises it would be illegal to consume alcohol, but the hall isn’t licensed and the occasional licence time has finished. So, it is my position that if the bar is closed and alcohol sales have ceased, people can basically drink all night if they wish. Is that correct?”
“Q: I was due to complete refresher training for my personal licence by August 31 this year but decided to get it out of the way early. I sat a course on March 14 and passed the exam. I know training is required every five years, and don’t want to lose track of the next deadline. Can you please tell me when I need to complete a course again?”
“Q: I’m a personal licence holder who was handed a fine for a minor offence and notified the licensing board. After a review hearing, the board heard about the circumstances and decided no action was required. However, the licence has been returned to me and it contains the details of the conviction. Does this mean my licence has been endorsed?”
“Q: I left the trade a few months ago and don’t expect to be looking for another job in the foreseeable future. However, I hold a personal licence that was issued in July 2009 and know that refresher training has to be carried out soon. I don’t want to incur the expense of going on a course but I know that if I miss the training deadline the licensing board will cancel the licence and I won’t be able to get another one for five years. What can I do to safeguard the licence in case I do want to get back into employment? Also, I’ve lost the licence. Does anything need to be done about that?”
“Q: I’ve been following your warnings in SLTN about the consequences of not attending to refresher training on time. I received my personal licence at the end of last year and wondered whether there’s anything to stop me getting the updated training now just to get it out of the way. Is that possible or do I have to wait until nearer the end of the five-year deadline?”
“Q: After a spate of incidents at my pub, and my unsuccessful attempts to get matters under control, the police applied for a review of the premises licence and it was revoked. I now want to get out of the trade and have someone interested in buying the property who would offer a completely new style of operation. Obviously, the deal will have to be conditional on a new licence being issued. Someone suggested to me that an application couldn’t be made until five years after the revocation. Is that correct?”
*Jack Cummins is unable to enter into personal correspondence on readers’ questions. The advice offered in SLTN is published for information only. No responsibility for loss occasioned by persons acting or refraining from action as a result of material contained on this page or elsewhere in SLTN can be accepted by the author or publisher.