Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate?

It is worth considering the benefits and burdens of each type of authorisation in order to determine which may be preferable from a licensing point of view.

Understanding mandatory licensing conditions

Since 2014 there have been five mandatory licensing conditions. Three of the conditions apply to all premises licences and club premises certificates which authorise the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises.

Airlines and The Licensing Act: Are their heads in the clouds?

A recent BBC panorama report highlighted the abuse airlines currently face from drunken passengers. The Home Office are considering tougher regulation, which might include making them comply to the Licensing Act 2003. But what are the implications?

It is not just the weather that controls the use of an outdoor area

Outdoor areas for restaurants and bars can provide huge benefits, however, trading outside may require authorisation of one form or another. David Lucas advises how to ensure that you comply with all the appropriate regulations.

Operating a Craft Ale Brewery – Practical Points

As the popularity of craft ale increases it becomes more attractive to commercial brewers. David Lucas outlines some of the practical points that need to be considered in order to establish and conduct a business brewing craft ale.

Timely reminder for TENs

David Lucas comments on the current limitations relating to Temporary Event Notices (TENs).

Greene King v Gambling Commission

The First-Tier Tribunal has allowed the appeal of Greene King against the decision of the Gambling Commission to refuse applications for bingo operating licences.

The Rank Group Plc v HMRC

On 8 July, the Supreme Court found against The Rank Group plc (‘Rank’) in the latest decision on the long-running litigation concerning the VAT treatment of slot machines between 2002 and 2005.

Revised planning guidance for near pubs

The government has announced that planning guidance issued to local councils will be strengthened to encourage developers building homes near pubs to install soundproofing.

New arrangements for personal licence holders

The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament.

Fraser Brown represent Greene King in appeal

This note has been prepared by David Lucas of Fraser Brown who has been the solicitor instructed by Greene King throughout this matter.

New powers to close pubs

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act has introduced new powers which make it easier for police and local authorities to force a pub to close.

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