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News: Update: Westminster publishes licensing consultation seeking to introduce alcohol delivery policy 14 Jun 2021

Consultation documents have now been published

News: Westminster seeks to amend Licensing Policy to introduce alcohol delivery policy 09 Jun 2021

Given the rise in delivery services particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Westminster is consulting on introducing new policies around delivery of alcohol as well as Late Night Refreshment

News: Step 3 in England goes ahead as planned – regulations come into effect on 17th May 16 May 2021

The Government issues Step 3 regulations

News: New regulations move England into Step 2 for reopening on Monday 12th and allow payment inside for pubs and bars 09 Apr 2021

The ‘Steps’ regulations are amended with a green light for payment indoors

News: Yet another Council removes its Cumulative Impact Policy 12 Mar 2021

Following in the footsteps of a number of other councils, the decision was to remove their existing Cumulative Impact Policy as part of their recent Licensing Policy Review

News: Council extends Cumulative Impact Areas 11 Mar 2021

Following Full Council approval of an updated cumulative impact assessment, impact areas have been extended

News: High Court Judge finds arguable case that a meal is not necessary to serve alcohol under old Tier rules 10 Feb 2021

Permission granted to Night-Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester and two other residents for a legal challenge

News: England move to National Lockdown from Wednesday 05 Jan 2021

New Guidance and amendment to the Regulations come into effect from 00:01 on Wednesday for England

News: Q&As on Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance 18 Dec 2020

Q&As dealing with current issues relating to entertainment and requirements to check household/bubble status

News: Government issues updated Guidance for Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services 26 Nov 2020

Revised guidance for England with changes to local restrictions on 2nd December included

News: What can Licensed Premises do under the new Lockdown 2.0 Regulations? 04 Nov 2020

Summary of the restrictions on Premises from tomorrow

News: Lockdown 2.0 Regulations published 03 Nov 2020

The new Regulations come into force Thursday 5th November

News: NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance 16 Oct 2020

Q&As on current compliance issues that have been identified across England

News: London, Essex and others set to move to Tier 2 from Saturday 15 Oct 2020

With London, Essex and other parts of England set to change Tier we set out some useful reminders of what this means for Hospitality businesses

News: Government Guidance has been issued on new Alert level tiered system 13 Oct 2020

The Guidance is to support the Regulations, which are due to come into force tomorrow

News: Three Health Protection Regulations released for new tiered system 12 Oct 2020

The Regulations have been laid before Parliament this evening

News: Prime Minister announces new three-tiered Lockdown framework for England 12 Oct 2020

The new system attempts to ‘simplify and standardise the local rules’ currently in force across the country

News: New restrictions announced in parts of the North East and North West, and a relaxation of the lockdown in Bolton 01 Oct 2020

The measures were announced earlier today, and come into force from Midnight on Saturday 3rd October

News: Further Regulation Requiring Decibel Limits For Any Music Played In Relevant Premises 29 Sep 2020

New Regulations On Music and Dancing in Premises

News: New restrictions on indoor inter-household mixing for the North East of England 29 Sep 2020

The current guidance will become enforceable by law in 7 areas from 00:01 tomorrow morning

News: New Face Coverings regulations include bars, restaurants, pubs etc 23 Sep 2020

New rules for customers and staff in licensed premises in England

News: New Test and Trace and Social Distancing Regulations for operators 17 Sep 2020

New rules place obligations on licensees

News: Judgment Handed Down in FCA’s Business Interruption Insurance Test Case 15 Sep 2020

The High Court has ruled in favour of policyholders in the business interruption insurance test case brought by the FCA.

News: Rule of 6 and Test and Trace in England 11 Sep 2020

More change for the public and the hospitality industry

News: Licensed premises can now open indoors in Wales 03 Aug 2020

Further relaxation in Wales for pubs and restaurants

News: The Business and Planning Act 2020 has today received Royal Assent and is in force with immediate effect 22 Jul 2020

This Act makes changes to the Pavement Licence procedure and provides off-sales to all non-exempt Premises till 2300

News: An advisory on Standard Conditions for Fast Track Pavement Licences under the Business & Planning Bill 21 Jul 2020

With the Business & Planning Bill likely to get Royal assent today here are some thoughts on how standard conditions will apply to the new fast track pavement licences

News: Powers given to Local Authorities to regulate premises not observing social distancing 17 Jul 2020

Powers given to Local Authorities to regulate premises not observing social distancing

News: New Regulations permit re-opening in England from 4th July 03 Jul 2020

Bars, pubs and other licensed premises to re-open tomorrow

News: Countdown to Hospitality reopening 03 Jul 2020

With pubs and restaurants set to reopen tomorrow, here is a FAQ’s on compliance and a reminder of pre opening checks

News: Government issues guidance on collecting records for Test and Trace 03 Jul 2020

More detail on how and when customer and visitor data should be collected

News: Business and Planning Bill timetable – an update 01 Jul 2020

New legislation being scrutinised by House of Lords

News: Draft Guidance issued for new Pavement Licence legislation 25 Jun 2020

Further detail provided by government

News: Government introduces new Bill for pavement licences and off-sales 25 Jun 2020

Further relaxation for outdoor food and drink consumption planned in new legislation

News: Government Guidance on Pubs, Bars and Restaurants - some initial thoughts 25 Jun 2020

Our view of some of the main issues raised by the recent guidance

News: Government issues long-awaited COVID Guidance for licensed premises in England 24 Jun 2020

New Government Guidance details steps licensed businesses must take to remain safe

News: Compliance with licence conditions on reopening 23 Jun 2020

With the hospitality industry set to reopen from the 4th of July there are many questions on how to navigate compliance with licence conditions

News: Coronavirus: can premises offering off-sales open their toilets? 12 Jun 2020

Information in relation to premises currently offering off-sales and the impact of the Covid-19 regulations on toilet provision.

News: Coronavirus - Understanding off sales 04 Jun 2020

Information and Q&A's in relation to off sales and impact of Covid-19 regulations

News: Gambling Commission issues new mandatory guidance for online operators 12 May 2020

New customer interaction requirements for online sector due to increased risk of harm during Covid-19 lockdown

News: Coronavirus: Updated Guidance including Government’s Roadmap 11 May 2020

Poppleston Allen’s updated guidance note to Coronavirus and the impact on licensing

News: Coronavirus: Updated guide to Coronavirus and the impact on Licensing 20 Apr 2020

Updated guide to Coronavirus and the impact on Licensing

News: Coronavirus: LGA guidance issued on managing Licensing during COVID-19 15 Apr 2020

LGA guidance issued on managing Licensing during COVID-19

News: Coronavirus: Poppleston Allen's guide to Coronavirus and the impact on Licensing 09 Apr 2020

Poppleston Allen's guide to Coronavirus and the impact on Licensing

News: Government to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways 18 Mar 2020

The government will allow all pubs and restaurants to provide hot food takeaways in response to the coronavirus outbreak

News: Welsh Minimum Unit Pricing comes into force Monday 2 March 2020 27 Feb 2020

The cap of 50p applies to all licensed premises

News: Consultation open for relaxation of hours to mark 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan (VJ) Day 25 Feb 2020

The celebrations fall on the evening of Saturday 15 August 2020

News: PASS Opens New Consultation on Standards for Digital Proof of Age 17 Feb 2020

PASS are seeking views on how digital proof of age should be presented and verified.

News: Government confirms extended hours for licensed premises to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day 13 Feb 2020

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed licensed premises in England & Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

News: Late Night Levy in London deferred due to administrative error 17 Jan 2020

The deferred decision to adopt the Levy to be considered next month

News: Another Late Night Levy in London looms closer 10 Jan 2020

London Borough who deferred the Levy decision look to adopt again

News: Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Issue Advice on Counter Terrorism Measures 20 Dec 2019

The MPS have produced a guidance note which provides helpful information on how to try and protect your business from the risk of a terrorist attack.

News: Home Office announce planned extension of licensing hours to celebrate VE Day 25 Oct 2019

Proposal to extend hours for pubs clubs and bars

News: The clocks go back this weekend – make sure you are ready! 25 Oct 2019

We may get an extra hour in bed, but how will this affect your premise?

News: Liverpool City Council endorses Agent of Change principle 02 Oct 2019

Liverpool supports Agent of Change to protect existing live music venues

News: London Borough defers decision on introducing the Late Night Levy. 11 Sep 2019

The introduction of yet another Late Night Levy in London has been deferred until further notice.

News: LGA publishes Licensing Act Handbook for Councillors (England and Wales) 01 Aug 2019

New Guidebook for councillors on Licensing Act

News: Minimum age requirement for National Lottery games under review 18 Jul 2019

Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport issues consultation

News: House of Lords Publishes Report in to Costal Town Regeneration 08 Apr 2019

The report recognises the importance of hospitality in the regeneration of seaside towns.

News: Hotelier Fined £80,000 for Health and Safety Breaches due to Asbestos 05 Apr 2019

Carrying out a refurb? Have you checked for Asbestos?

News: Residents Group given permission for the Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy 22 Mar 2019

Council’s decision to implement revised policy to be scrutinised

News: Clocks set for Time Travel (British Summer Time) 15 Feb 2019

In the early hours of Sunday 31st March 2019, the clocks will once again jump forward by one hour

News: Committee of Advertising Practice releases new standards for gambling advertising 13 Feb 2019

Guidance aimed at protecting children and young people

News: Gambling Commission introduces changes to LCCP 08 Feb 2019

New rules for online operators aiming to make gambling safer and fairer

News: Allergens – FSA Consultation on Labelling of Allergens 25 Jan 2019

The FSA has opened a 9 week consultation on the labelling of allergens – have your say

News: Food Safety Withdrawals and Recalls in the UK... 21 Jan 2019

The fundamental principle in the regulations, is that food shall not be placed on the market if it is unsafe. When a product is required to be withdrawn from the market or recalled due to safety conce

News: Right to Work – Changes to Licensing Forms 19 Dec 2018

New Application and Notice Forms for Licensed Applications following Updated List of Documents to Evidence of Individual’s Entitlement to Work in the UK.

News: Gambling Commission takes action against online casino operators and senior management 29 Nov 2018

Financial penalties of almost £14million imposed on three companies

News: Alcohol licensing at airports 01 Nov 2018

The Government calls for evidence

News: Poppleston Allen proud sponsors of Best Bar None Nottingham 2018 19 Sep 2018

Record number attracted to the awards

News: Brighton and Hove City Council urged to include Central Hove in the Council’s ‘Special Stress Area’ 10 Aug 2018

Local Councillors have called for action to include Central Hove in their ‘Special Stress Area’ prompting a review of Brighton and Hove City Licensing Policy.

News: The Scottish Government issue advice to Personal Licence Holders for renewal applications. 08 Aug 2018

In preparation for Personal Licence renewals due in September 2019, the Scottish Government has issued a communication for Personal Licence Holders whose licences were granted up to 1st September 2009

News: Agent of Change Has Arrived 25 Jul 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) – Now Includes ‘Agent of Change’

News: Solicitors take time at the bar 21 Jun 2018

Solicitors get involved in job swap for National Licensing Week

News: House of Lords Approves Royal Wedding Extension of Hours 02 May 2018

The House of Lords has approved the Draft Order permitting an extension of hours for licensable activities on the weekend of the Royal Wedding

News: Government Issues Revised Statutory Guidance 01 May 2018

Government Issues Revised Statutory Guidance

News: Revised Guidance issued by Government 24 Apr 2018

Updated Guidance in light of recent legislation

News: Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding 26 Mar 2018

Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding

News: Publicans Awards 2018 14 Mar 2018

Poppleston Allen sponsors the biggest night on the pub calendar

News: A successful appeal in Scotland. 08 Mar 2018

Poppleston Allen has completed their first successful appeal in Scotland to the Sheriff’s Court

News: New Solicitor for Poppleston Allen London team 16 Feb 2018

Poppleston Allen adds to its alcohol licensing specialists as Trainee Solicitor qualifies.

News: Accreditation for Poppleston Allen 25 Jan 2018

Poppleston Allen Training team takes the top spot on Coursecheck

News: MP backing of the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill is music to the ears of venues 11 Jan 2018

Agent of Change Bill passes first reading in the House of Commons

News: Proposed relaxation in licensing hours could be the icing on the Royal Wedding cake. 09 Jan 2018

Government consult upon extension of licensing hours for the Royal Wedding.

News: Announcing new Managing Partner 19 Dec 2017

Jonathan Smith hands over the reins after 12 successful years

Exempt gaming in pubs 04 Dec 2017

What is the maximum stake?

Events for Christmas 04 Dec 2017

Proceeds from raffles must be spent on prizes

News: Getting into the Christmas "spirit" 04 Dec 2017

Top Tips - ensure your staff, bar staff and door supervisors are trained

News: Minimum Unit Pricing 04 Dec 2017

Minimum unit pricing not UK wide

Accident & Incident Investigation Checklist 22 Nov 2017

Do you have an Accident & Incident Investigation Checklist?

What is a cumulative impact policy? 22 Nov 2017

It is important to be fully aware of the impact of Local Authorities' Cumulative Impact Policies on sites which are to be used for licensable activities.

Crisis Management 21 Nov 2017

Defending a Regulatory Investigation

Accidents at work 21 Nov 2017

Choose the Lawyer YOU want

Challenge 25 20 Nov 2017

What exactly does this mean?

New Year's Eve 20 Nov 2017

What time can I trade until?

News: Christmas TENs 20 Nov 2017

Top Tips - get your TENs in now for a happy Christmas

News: Good Lords 20 Nov 2017

Government is no rush to instigate a radical overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003

News: Supreme Court hands down decision on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland 15 Nov 2017

The UK Supreme Court has today handed down a decision on the Scottish Parliament’s desire to introduce a 50p per unit minimum price for alcohol.

News: More Detail on Government’s Response to HoL Committee 07 Nov 2017

Further detail on Government’s Response

News: Christmas Festivities 06 Nov 2017

Top Tips - What promotions can you hold without the requirement of additional licences or permits?

News: Hostile Transfers 06 Nov 2017

Regaining a premises licence from a former tenant can cost landlords dearly

News: Government Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 Published 06 Nov 2017

Government responds in detail to the House of Lords Committee’s recommendations

News: Government proposes reduced FOBT stakes between £50 and £2 31 Oct 2017

DCMS launches consultation on changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

News: Legal 500 directories 24 Oct 2017

Poppleston Allen underline leading status with latest results

News: The Welsh Government due to announce plans over minimum pricing 23 Oct 2017

The Welsh Government due to announce plans over minimum alcohol pricing

Maximising Trading Potential 09 Oct 2017

What are your options for maximising your trade?

Door Supervision on Friday and Saturday nights 09 Oct 2017

Supervisory spend can prove costly.

News: It's a numbers game 09 Oct 2017

Can you still have bingo and gaming in pubs?

News: Dropping Standards 09 Oct 2017

Cleanliness: standrds must be monitored and maintained

News: Good Operating Practices and a Well Run Business 25 Sep 2017

Top Ten Compliance Tips

News: Shadow Licences - The Landlord's Safety Net 25 Sep 2017

Can more than one party hold a Premises Licence?

News: Tougher Enforcement... 21 Sep 2017

for Food Business Operators in Nottingham

Freedom of Choice 21 Sep 2017

Choose the Lawyers You Want!

Can I run a food business from a shop? 19 Sep 2017

Article by Alex Hutchings

News: Review of a Premises Licence 11 Sep 2017

Top Tips - Being proacting to avoid a Review

News: Are we Headin Back to the Days of Public Entertainment Licences "PELs"? 11 Sep 2017

Inappropriate conditions request

Q & A: Displaying Notices 24 Aug 2017

I have made an application for a new premises licence for a bar and restaurant premises which I recently purchased...

Live Boxing Events 21 Aug 2017

How do I go about showing a live boxing event?

News: Putting you on notice 21 Aug 2017

Top Tips - know your obligations when notices are to be displayed

News: The importance of legal wording on conditions 21 Aug 2017

Often the exact wording of conditions is not possible so give and take is necessary

News: Summary Report: 15 Aug 2017

Camden’s Late Night Levy – One Year On

News: Reducing potential of terrorism at your pub 07 Aug 2017

Top Tips - useful guidelines to follow on reducing violence at licensed premises

News: Do we like pubs or not? 07 Aug 2017

Pubs can bring investment to an entire area

News: Poppleston Allen expand regulatory department 07 Aug 2017

Poppleston Allen expand regulatory department with hire from top 50 law firm

News: Best Bar None Awards 04 Aug 2017

Poppleston Allen named as main sponsor of 2017 Nottingham Best Bar None Award

News: Acquisition of premises 24 Jul 2017

Make sure you enquire before you acquire

News: Dust Those Notices Down 20 Jul 2017

Keep Clean and Legal

News: Super 8 Restaurants 20 Jul 2017

Overcoming objections to secure green light for new venue

News: #NLW2017 04 Jul 2017

Poppleston Allen opens its door in new job swapping idea as part of #NLW2017

Q & A: Out with the old… 04 Jul 2017

What if I have old Licensing Act 1964 conditions on my licence?

Hot drinks at night 19 Jun 2017

Ensure late-night refreshment is allowed

Hotel and Guest Rooms 19 Jun 2017

Mini bars must be licensed - so take care.

News: Don't Slip Up 19 Jun 2017

Top Tips - a simple four step solution on matters of health

News: Late Night Levies 19 Jun 2017

What does the future hold?

News: Is this the end for Commercial Bingo in Pubs? 09 Jun 2017

Court of Appeal finds in favour of Gambling Commission

News: I’m creating more trading space for my pub 09 Jun 2017

What are my licensing obligations?

News: Polycarbonate Beer Goggles 07 Jun 2017

A trade-off between safety and customer experience?

Q & A: Playing cards 05 Jun 2017

Can my customers play cards for money?

Q & A: Banned from the Bar 05 Jun 2017

As a licensee, who can I refuse entry to?

News: The Noise of Summer 05 Jun 2017

Top Tips - preventative measures for reducing noise nuisance

News: Jeremy Allen Award 2017 01 Jun 2017

Nominations Now Open!

News: New premises licence granted in Southwark 01 Jun 2017

Objections overturned pave way for new London Hotel Bar

News: London Council’s Levy pulled after successful Judicial Review challenge 25 May 2017

A London Council has pulled the proposed implementation of its Late Night Levy next week following a successful Judicial Review Challenge

And the award goes to... 25 May 2017

Specialist bakery offer seals win in fastest 40 restaurant & bar category

News: Permissions 22 May 2017

Top Tips - What to consider when changing your operation

News: Overhaul of appeals process 22 May 2017

Will Planning departments be looking at licensing appeals?

The fundamentally flawed Late Night Levy 18 May 2017

Jonathan Smith urges you to voice your opinion

News: Partnering with the next generation of licensing stars 09 May 2017

Founders Forum, an event exclusively for fledgling operators and new eating concepts.

Environmental Health Investigation of incident at work 08 May 2017

Am I at risk of prosecution?

Noise Abatement Notice and Review of Premises Licence 08 May 2017

Sounding out noise notices

News: Allergens 08 May 2017

Top Tips - avoiding problems with allergens regulations

News: Summary Reviews 08 May 2017

Licence Holder's Rights to Request a Representations Hearing

News: Home Office announces change to application procedure 04 May 2017

Home Office provides advice on the amended forms to change a Designated Premises Supervisor

A Guide to Notices Displayed at Licensed Premises 25 Apr 2017

A detailed guide about how to display notices at a licensed premise

Immigration Act 2016 and Crime Act 2017 24 Apr 2017

Clearing up the guidance

News: Temporary Event Notices 24 Apr 2017

Top Tips - what you should consider when planning your TENs

News: More Changes to the Licensing Act 24 Apr 2017

The House of Lords want changes to the Licensing Act

News: Changes to the Licensing Act 2003, under The Immigration Act 2016 20 Apr 2017

Immigration Act 2016

News: Changes to the Licensing Act 2003 under The Policing and Crime Act 2017 20 Apr 2017

Licensing act 2003 under The Policing and Crime Act 2017

News: Home Office issues revised Licensing Act 2003 Guidance 07 Apr 2017

The Home Office has today published its revised Guidance to the Licensing Act 2003 following recent changes

News: House of Lords Select Committee Report on The Licensing Act 2003 Published 04 Apr 2017

The House of Lords Select Committee on The Licensing Act 2003 publishes its report on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Licensing Act 2003

Old Embedded Conditions 27 Mar 2017

Do I need to submit a minor variation to remove old embedded conditions?

News: Roof Terrace 27 Mar 2017

Top Tips - how an outside roof area may appeal to your customers

News: When is a representation not a representation? 27 Mar 2017

Representations against an application must be valid or will not be considered.

News: Date Announced for Commencement of Changes to the Licensing Act 2003 20 Mar 2017

Date Announced for Commencement of Changes to the Licensing Act 2003

Pavement Licences 15 Mar 2017

What do you do when permission for a pavement licence is revoked?

Doorstaff numbers 15 Mar 2017

Police pressure to increase doorstaff

News: Squeaky Clean 15 Mar 2017

Top Tips for minimising risk and avoiding steep fines

News: Immigration Act 2016 15 Mar 2017

How the Immigration Act will affect you.

Big Brother Breakdown 06 Mar 2017

Is my licence at risk if part of my CCTV system breaks down?

Child Employment 06 Mar 2017

Can I employ and under 16 year old?

News: Noise Responsibilities 06 Mar 2017

Top Tips on how to minimise noise impact on neighbours

News: Policing and Crime Bill 06 Mar 2017

The 2017 act also empowers licensing authorities to revoke or suspend personal licences

Selling Alcoholic Ice-Cream Desserts 27 Feb 2017

Do I need to do anything other than putting all material information on the menu?

Notice Requirements 27 Feb 2017

Is my notice defective?

News: Decent Living Wage 27 Feb 2017

Don't be caught out by the relatively new regime brought in with the National Living Wage

Premises licence query 13 Feb 2017

Can a DPS be named on more than one Premises Licence?

News: Too good to be true 13 Feb 2017

Top Tips - ensure training and systems are in place to avoid sellers of fake alcohol

News: Do the Merits matter Any More? 13 Feb 2017

Are licensing applications really being treated on their merits?

News: British Summertime Approaches 09 Feb 2017

BST don’t get caught out

News: Home Office announces Second Phase of Local Alcohol Action Areas 30 Jan 2017

33 new regions announced as Local Alcohol Action Areas

Late-night boxing 30 Jan 2017

What do I need to consider if I want to stay open to shown late-night boxing to my customers?

News: Intoxication Policy 30 Jan 2017

Top Tips for devising an effective intoxication policy

Q & A: Helpful Licensing Ideas 24 Jan 2017

After a complaint over the sighting of a rat my local EHO has inspected my kitchen and said he has found some evidence of a rat infestation. Now he’s asked me to close the kitchen. What should I do?

Q & A: Helpful Licensing Ideas 24 Jan 2017

I am looking at ways of generating income in January but I am struggling to think of ideas. January is always a challenging time as most people are not drinking and trying to save money!

News: What does 2017 hold? 10 Jan 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for the licensed trade?

January Sales 02 Jan 2017

Can I run a drinks promotion in January?

News: TENs: Plan ahead 02 Jan 2017

Top Tips on how to start the year on the front foot

News: Operating Licence Annual Fees to change in 2017 22 Dec 2016

Gambling Commission confirms fee proposals following consultation

Conviction for Drink Driving 05 Dec 2016

Will this conviction affect my application for a Personal Licence?

News: Behind the Bar or Behind Bars this Christmas? 05 Dec 2016

Operators and staff of licensed premises have an obligation to prevent crime and disorder and promote public safety

Christmas party time 28 Nov 2016

Can we hold our Christmas Party at an unlicensed venue?

Premises Licence Application Advert 28 Nov 2016

Which newspaper is suitable to publish my application notice in?

Race Night 28 Nov 2016

You can hold events where participants stake money on live, recorded or virtual races

News: Delivering a change to your customers 28 Nov 2016

Top Tips - things to consider if you are planning home deliveries of alcohol

News: Counter Terrorism in Pubs 28 Nov 2016

Stay vigilant - watch out for cyber threats on your business's database

News: CounterTerrorismUK 22 Nov 2016

Counter-terrorism police & partners launch Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016

Dealing with a noise complaint 14 Nov 2016

Local residents are complaining about noise, what should I do?

News: Christmas Party Games 14 Nov 2016

Don't gamble with the law this Christmas

Proof of age policy 31 Oct 2016

Do I need to display this at my premises?

News: Rateable Values 31 Oct 2016

Licensees can expect confirmed rates in April next year

News: Maximum Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits to be Reviewed 24 Oct 2016

DCMS announces call for evidence

News: Competition watchdog to investigate online gambling firms for cheating customers 24 Oct 2016

Firms are suspected of offering complex terms and conditions in order to avoid payouts

News: Scottish court backs Scottish Government plan for minimum pricing 24 Oct 2016

Scotland’s drinks industry bid to halt the Scottish Government’s plan for a minimum price on alcohol has been dealt a blow by a new court ruling

News: Independent study of evening and night time experience in Nottingham 21 Oct 2016

Poppleston Allen teams up with BID, Police and Crime Commissioner for report

Licensing enquiries 17 Oct 2016

What enquiries should I make if I want to take a lease of the premises?

Take right sales measures 17 Oct 2016

Don't fall foul of the mandatory conditions

Holiday allowance for a Designated Premises Supervisor 17 Oct 2016

Do I have to notify the Local Authority?

News: Updates to the Policing and Crime Bill 17 Oct 2016

Parliament set mid-October date to debated changes to the Policing and Crime Bill.

Giving up the Licence 03 Oct 2016

I am about to retire should I surrender my Premises Licence?

News: Beer Gardens and Outside Areas 03 Oct 2016

Top Tips on avoid complaints from residents on the use of beer gardens and outside areas

News: Statement of Licensing Policy (SOLP) 03 Oct 2016

The Statement of Licensing Policy is key in the decision making process.

News: Clauses for CIP and Levy Amendments to Policing and Crime Bill now available 26 Sep 2016

Amendments to Policing and Crime Bill now uploaded to Government website.

Prevention of Crime and Disorder 19 Sep 2016

Am I at risk of losing my premises licence?

News: Late Night Levy to be withdrawn in Cheltenham? 05 Sep 2016

Council commences consultation to stop late night levy

Personal licence holders query 05 Sep 2016

How many personal licence holders do I need?

Evidence deadlines for hearings 05 Sep 2016

Can I produce evidence on the day of the hearing?

News: Record and Report 05 Sep 2016

Top Tips - How to ensure your incident book is detailed and complete

News: Could this old scheme be your new marketing weapon? 05 Sep 2016

Displaying business rating at premises is reported to have positive impact.

Licensing do’s and don'ts 22 Aug 2016

An essential guide for operators of licenced premises

Can I serve an Officer who is on duty? 22 Aug 2016

Where does the onus fall?

News: Use of Social Media 22 Aug 2016

Top Tips - 8 useful tips on considering the use of social media

News: Trying to find the right balance 22 Aug 2016

Is the balance fair between operators, the authorities and the local residents?

Admittance of Children in Pubs 08 Aug 2016

Can I allow children into my pub?

News: Top Tips on avoiding food scandal issues 08 Aug 2016

Consider systems to have in place so everyone is vigilant with food orders

Designated Premises Supervisor Q&A 25 Jul 2016

How do I deal with a prolonged absence?

News: Business Rates 25 Jul 2016

Top Tips - Preparing for Business Rates Overhaul

News: Most Un-Appealing 25 Jul 2016

Reviews and Apeal processes can be difficult and costly; early intervention is imperative.

News: London Borough of Hackney to consult on introducing a Late Night Levy 21 Jul 2016

Consultation will take place between September to December 2016

News: A guide on legal highs and new psychoactive substances 18 Jul 2016

Including advice on what operators should do

Free, or not to be free 11 Jul 2016

Do I need to provide free drinking water?

Can I use an external seating area? 11 Jul 2016

Can members of my rugby club take drinks onto an external seating area?

News: Tip Tips on the use of CCTV 11 Jul 2016

What are your responsibilities in terms of the data you hold by way of CCTV footage?

News: What will the effect of Brexit be on the Licensing Act 2003? 11 Jul 2016

There are a number of areas which may be affected by Brexit, but any impact will be subject to negotiations between the UK and the EU.

News: Lords Committee on Licensing Act 2003 seek your views 01 Jul 2016

Public call for evidence from House of Lords licensing committee, deadline 2 September 2016

News: Police Powers 30 Jun 2016

The police have powers to close multiple licensed premises to prevent disorder

Q & A: Pub Betting Regulations 23 Jun 2016

Can customers log into their own mobile betting accounts whilst sat in my pub?

News: Dress Codes 23 Jun 2016

Top Tips: Ensuring clothing is appropriate for workers' roles

News: First Line of Defence 23 Jun 2016

Door staff are often the first point of contact for customers when they approach a pub

Change of Use 16 Jun 2016

Which licence do I apply for first: planning or licensing?

News: Time for a change 16 Jun 2016

Top Tips on the processes for changing the terms of your premises licence

News: Setting Boundaries 16 Jun 2016

Even though something is legal, you may your own policies and procedures to prohibit and activity.

News: Cheltenham Borough Council take first steps to abandoning the Late Night Levy 13 Jun 2016

Cheltenham Borough Council to introduce a Business Improvement District

Q & A: No half measures 10 Jun 2016

Have I committed an offence under the weights and measures legislation?

News: That's not music, it's just a noise 10 Jun 2016

Top Tips to help reduce the risk of noise complaints

News: House of Lords to Report on Licensing Act 2003 10 Jun 2016

Ad-hoc House of Lords Committee to reivew the Act

Q & A: When door staff numbers do not add up 09 Jun 2016

How do I request a change to a condition in relation to door staff numbers?

News: A Measured Approach 03 Jun 2016

Top Tips on ensuring on how to make customers aware of all measures available

News: Is there something serious lurking in recent brewing boom? 02 Jun 2016

Publicans are managing the food side of allergens well, but can the same be said for the beer and wine?

Q & A: Licensing Relaxation for the Queen's Birthday 02 Jun 2016

What does the Order cover?

Q & A: Temporary Event Notices 02 Jun 2016

Timescales between events

News: Details of the first successful prosecution for “below cost selling” have been published 31 May 2016

A Gateshead shopkeeper has been convicted of below cost selling in contravention of the mandatory conditions in relation to counterfeit vodka sold at his shop premises.

Q & A: What gaming can take place in my pub? 26 May 2016

Being new to the licensed trade, what do I need to check to ensure I am legally sound for gaming to take place in my pub?

News: Search Policies 26 May 2016

Top Tips: Having a good search policy can help your pub stay open

News: Automatic Enrolment Pensions 26 May 2016

All employers must now put certain employees into a pensions scheme and contribute

News: Relaxation of Licensing Hours for Queen’s Birthday Now Official 24 May 2016

Draft Order extending Licensing Hours on 10th – 12th June 2016 now made official

Extended licensing hours for the Queen's 90th Birthday 19 May 2016

Does this apply to me?

Q & A: Can I trust a cheap wholesaler? 19 May 2016

How do I check if a wholesale is a registered wholesaler?

News: Don't lose out to counterfeit cash and ID 19 May 2016

Top Tips - How to spot a forgery

News: The Lottery of a Licensing Appeal 19 May 2016

Appeal hearings - what you need know.

Q & A: Negative "vetting" 12 May 2016

The police are threatening to review my licence

Q & A: The 499 People Rule 12 May 2016

I am proposing an event for 800, what should I do?

News: Preparations for the summer weather 12 May 2016

Top Tips - How to make of your outdoor spaces

News: Further Details on the Queen's Birthday Celebrations 12 May 2016

Two hour extension available to licensed premises on each day

Q & A: Can I serve drinks from a camper van? 05 May 2016

What permissioon do I need?

News: Alfresco Entertainment 05 May 2016

Top Tips: How to get the best from your beer garden

News: Making Plans for Nigel 05 May 2016

Treat your plans the same way you do your licensed hours and your conditions

News: Pub Bingo 04 May 2016

Top tips - what you need to consider when running Bingo in your pub

Q & A: Is there a penalty for showing Euro football? 28 Apr 2016

Can I show live European Championship football matches on TV at my pub?

News: Licensing Authority's Role in the Crime and Prevention licensing Objectives 28 Apr 2016

The authority's role is not to establish guilt or innocence

News: Further details about Queen’s Birthday extended Hours 27 Apr 2016

Further information about what licensable activities are extended on 10th and 11th June 2016.

News: The Government has announced a confused message about crime and alcohol 22 Apr 2016

Treating alcohol differently to other crimes is not a reasonable or reasoned approach.

Q & A: Minibars in guest rooms 21 Apr 2016

What are the licensing implications?

Q & A: Support my assertions 21 Apr 2016

What should I consider producing as part of my evidence?

News: Reacting to a serious incident 21 Apr 2016

Top Tips on how to deal with a serious incident

News: Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) issues three year strategy 19 Apr 2016

Agenda issued to reduce gambling-related harm

Q & A: I am considering providing a dedicated smoking area? 14 Apr 2016

What do I need to consider?

There's a rat in the kitchen 14 Apr 2016

EHO wants me to close my kitchen - what do I do?

News: Trading Patterns 14 Apr 2016

Top Tips on avoiding noise issues

News: Who is really responsible for Personal Responsibility? 14 Apr 2016

Some see the alcohol industry akin to the new sugar tax.

News: Government Issues Draft Regulations Extending Hours for Queen’s Birthday 14 Apr 2016

Extension of hours for on-licences on 10th and 11 June 2016

Q & A: Premises Licence and Insolvent / Dissolved Companies 07 Apr 2016

Is there a risk that the premises licence could have lapsed?

Q & A: Village Fete Charity Raffle 07 Apr 2016

How do I go about holding a raffle to support the fundraising efforts?

News: How would you describe the model licensee? 07 Apr 2016

Top Tips - qualities to look for in a DPS.

News: Additional Pub Hours for Queen’s Birthday Coinciding with England’s and Wales’ Euro Opener 07 Apr 2016

Stay up for the big kick-off

Q & A: National Living Wage and the Self-Employed 31 Mar 2016

How does this affect people who work at my pub and are self-employed?

Q & A: National Living Wage 31 Mar 2016

Does the national living wage affect me?

News: Noise Impact from Existing Businesses on Residential Developments 31 Mar 2016

Potential noise must be assessed before offices are changed to dwellings

News: Drugs 31 Mar 2016

Top Tips on dealing with the use of illegal drugs in your premises.

News: Liverpool City Council’s full Committee reach a determination on their Late Night Levy proposal 24 Mar 2016

Liverpool City Council have today considered the proposal as to whether to adopt a Late Night Levy for all those premises with the ability to sell alcohol between the hours of midnight and 6 am.

Q & A: Variation of an external area within the red line 24 Mar 2016

Do I need to submit a variation to include an external area?

Q & A: Music Services 24 Mar 2016

Can I use internet music services in my pub?

News: Dealing with Enforcement Action 24 Mar 2016

Top Tips: Cooperating with Licensing and Police Officers will make a difference

News: Late Night Levy – An update 24 Mar 2016

Could there be a sensible alternative to the Late Night Levy?

News: Poppleston Allen Sponsored ‘Pub Oscars’ Celebrate the Best in the Business 23 Mar 2016

Celebrating 25 Years of Pub Industry Excellence

News: City Council To Wait On Government Late Night Levy Review 18 Mar 2016

This puts a decision on the Late Night Levy back at least 2 years

Q & A: Live Music Act 17 Mar 2016

Can I ignore a condition on my licence?

Q & A: Sale of Alcohol to 16 and 17 Year Olds when Order a Table Meal 17 Mar 2016

Can I refuse a sale?

News: How to Make Hay Whilst the Sun Shines 17 Mar 2016

Top Tips - how to make the best of your alfresco activity

News: Cumulative Impact Policies - Onwards, Upwards, Outwards 17 Mar 2016

Cumulative impact policies can be extremely difficult to overcome

News: A Massive Step Forward for Music Venues 15 Mar 2016

Amendments To Be Made To Permitted Development Rights

Q & A: Review Proceedings 11 Mar 2016

Can I attend the review?

Q & A: Breach of use of external areas 10 Mar 2016

Will I lose my licence?

News: Royal Birthday Wishes 10 Mar 2016

Top Tips to consider for Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

News: Commercial Bingo in Pubs 10 Mar 2016

It's not game over for bingo

News: British Summertime 08 Mar 2016

Top tips on how to switch safely to summer hours

Q & A: Hot Drinks Vending Machines 08 Mar 2016

Can hot drinks land me in hot water?

News: Council decide to postpone a decision on levy consultation 04 Mar 2016

A Licensing Committee has decided not to proceed at this stage with a consultation on whether to adopt a late night levy.

News: This is the way we like to do it here 03 Mar 2016

Each case must be reviewed on its individual merits.

Q & A: Legal Highs 03 Mar 2016

What approach should I take to 'legal highs' if discovered on my premises?

News: Another London Authority is consulting on introducing a Late Night Levy 29 Feb 2016

Tower Hamlets has begun consultation on the introduction of a Late Night Levy

Q & A: Personal Licence Expiry Date 25 Feb 2016

Are we ok to ignore the expiry date shown on the personal licence?

Q & A: Possession of a personal licence 25 Feb 2016

Should a member of staff carry their personal licence with them?

News: The role of the DPS 25 Feb 2016

Selling alcohol without a licensed DPS could lead to a jail sentence

News: Policing and Crime Bill 25 Feb 2016

What are the proposed changes?

News: Check before you Serve! 18 Feb 2016

Top Tips: How to avoid underage sales

News: "Fire, Fire" 18 Feb 2016

Avoid facing a trial by fire.

Q & A: Displaying Cigars in a Pub 18 Feb 2016

Am I able to display specialist cigars in my pub?

Q & A: What is a Freedom of Information Information Request? 18 Feb 2016

How you make a request?

Q & A: Information on gaming machines 15 Feb 2016

What information should my gaming machine show?

Q & A: Stake and prize limits for equal chance gaming 15 Feb 2016

What are the limits?

Q & A: Betting in pubs 15 Feb 2016

Are bookies allowed to operate from my pub?

News: Know the details before you purchase 15 Feb 2016

Top Tips on what to consider when acquiring new premises to trade as a licensed venue

News: Planning Permission Pitfalls 15 Feb 2016

Apply early: you may have to wait before a decision is made

News: New Bill Proposes Amendments to Licensing Act 2003 10 Feb 2016

Amendments to definition of alcohol, summary review interim steps and Licensing Authority powers to revoke or suspend a personal licence included in new Bill.

Q & A: Foolish whiskey move sees licence revoked 04 Feb 2016

I made a mistake - should I appeal?

News: Expertise crucial for high-risk task 04 Feb 2016

Bad pint and the importance of Beer Training

News: Joint schemes gain strength 04 Feb 2016

Dealing with high strength alcohol

News: Court of Appeal allows substitution of correct Appellant in nightclub revocation case. 04 Feb 2016

Court of Appeal allows substitution of correct Appellant in nightclub revocation case.

Q & A: Fears over pub tenant 28 Jan 2016

A shadow licence provides complete protection to the landlord

News: Temporary Event Notices – New Allowance, Old Rules 28 Jan 2016

More TENs but follow the rules

News: The Licensing Industry has its own version of “War and Peace” 28 Jan 2016

Unit pricing issue to return

News: Latest Late Night Levy Approved in Camden 26 Jan 2016

The London Borough of Camden last night approved the introduction of the Late Night Levy.

News: Council to reconsider EMRO? 25 Jan 2016

If approved, licensed premises would have to cease selling alcohol at 02:00

News: Cheltenham Borough Council Late Night Levy Update 18 Jan 2016

Why Cheltenham’s Late Night Levy Might Be Coming to An End

News: Beware of test sales in the new year 14 Jan 2016

Top tips on preventing underage sales.

Q & A: Changes to TENs 14 Jan 2016

More TENs means more sporting opportunities

News: New Temporary Event Notice application form issued 14 Jan 2016

15 TENs can now be issued per premises and a revised form must be used from the 2nd February

Q & A: Re-classification of Certain Gaming Machines 14 Jan 2016

Can I still apply or is it too late?

News: Self Service Taps…Possible pitfalls of ‘tapping’ into DIY 14 Jan 2016

Key points to consider if want to install self-service taps?

News: You can now run more events 04 Jan 2016

Latest news about the number of Temporary Events Notices allowed to be issued each year

News: Minimum alcohol pricing 23 Dec 2015

The European Court of Justice releases its decision on Scotland’s minimum unit pricing

News: Stay Safe Film Launched Online 21 Dec 2015

Watch this new information film providing advice to keep safe in the event of a firearms or weapons attack

News: "New" act already 10 years old 10 Dec 2015

Time flies: the Licensing Act split initial opinions

News: Beware of theft from machines 10 Dec 2015

Be vigilant: gaming machine use should be supervised

Q & A: Missed out on changing operating hours 10 Dec 2015

If there are objections to a late TEN, there is no hearing or appeal

News: London’s 3rd Late Night Levy now a step closer 08 Dec 2015

Here is news about the third Late Night Levy voted for adoption in London

Q & A: Later Trading for the Christmas Period 03 Dec 2015

Do not go over your allowance of TENs because, if rejected, your can't honour bookings.

News: Make gambling a festive draw 03 Dec 2015

What are the limitations with gambling?

News: Smart Residents Hold Power 03 Dec 2015

Residents ate influencing the licensing landscape

News: 'Tis the Season to party - sensibly 26 Nov 2015

Here are our tips for a fun and trouble-free festive party

Q & A: Data protection rules 26 Nov 2015

Is there an obligation to be transparent on use of personal data?

News: Getting the picture on CCTV 26 Nov 2015

Privacy or disclosure? Licensees can face competing duties on film footage

News: Challenge of "Home Cooking" 19 Nov 2015

Popularity is growing for the 'home-chef' trend

News: Profit by putting food on board 19 Nov 2015

Top Tips - enhance your kitchen operation

Q & A: Section 19 Notice 19 Nov 2015

What is the correct procedure if you are served with a Sectin 19 Notice?

News: Avoid faults for festive success 14 Nov 2015

Be proactive to ensure your operation is in order over the festive period

News: Handling a little local difficulty 12 Nov 2015

Top tips on managing incidents at your premises

Q & A: Playing games for cash 12 Nov 2015

Gaming should be ancillary to the pub's main purpose

Q & A: Bid to go upmarket 05 Nov 2015

My premises fall in a cumulative impact area and my application for variation has received representations. What can I do?

News: Don't take gamble on gaming 05 Nov 2015

Can I provide gaming on my premises?

News: Take actions to avoid revocations 05 Nov 2015

Top Tips on positive steps to avoiding revocation proceedings

News: Plymouth City Council is the latest Authority to formally consult on introducing the Late Night Levy 03 Nov 2015

Plymouth City Council starts consultation on a Late Night Levy

Q & A: Minor Floors 29 Oct 2015

Following a minor variation, it appears an area has been de-licensed. What should I do?

News: Refreshing news for vendors 29 Oct 2015

If your licensing authority decides to allow exemptions and your premises are able to benefit, you could save money

News: Testing the water as a camping site 29 Oct 2015

Top tips on making use of adjoining land

News: All fright on night 22 Oct 2015

Top Tips - Hosting a halloween event can be a great way to increase footfall as well as boosting profits

News: Hope for pubs in noise debate 22 Oct 2015

The Lord Mayor of London's draft guidance on planning could hlep pubs and clubs

Q & A: Tenant will not consent to licence transfer 22 Oct 2015

Where does this leave me with regards to the operation of the premises and the premises licence?

News: Prescribed premises exempt from Late Night Refreshment Regulation published 16 Oct 2015

Government publishes list of prescribed premises Licensing Authorities can exempt from late night refreshment regulation

Q & A: Licence breach could bring closure 15 Oct 2015

I have been served with a SEction 19 Closure Notice - do I have to close?

News: Reaching out to the masses 15 Oct 2015

Tap into the power of social media

News: Top Tips - Calling it on Bingo 15 Oct 2015

Can I play bingo in my pub?

Q & A: What's the rule on pavement furniture? 15 Oct 2015

Do different local authorities have different rules on tables and chairs on the pavement?

News: London Borough of Camden Late Night Levy Consultation commences 14 Oct 2015

London Borough of Camden to formally consult on introducing the Late Night Levy

News: London Borough of Camden Late Night Levy (news) 09 Oct 2015

London Borough of Camden consultation on the Late Night Levy

News: How to deal with drunken punters 08 Oct 2015

Tops tips: Staff should received training to identify inebriation

News: Little Brother is Watching 08 Oct 2015

Licensees are entitled to install a CCTV system

Q & A: Nightclubs and Personal Licence Holders 08 Oct 2015

Do I need to have two personal licence holders to work at my club?

Q & A: Operating a licence when works not completed 08 Oct 2015

Can I trade under my newly granted licence before the works have been completed?

Q & A: Application for designated premises supervisor 01 Oct 2015

Can I be a designated premises superviser at two premises?

News: Get your pub out of the firing line 01 Oct 2015

It is important to maintain all fire-safety equipment

News: Learn from club's challenge 01 Oct 2015

Early objections have proved fruitful for two London nightclubs.

News: Liverpool City Council Late Night Levy Consultation commences today 28 Sep 2015

Liverpool City Council become the latest Authority to formally consult on introducing the Late Night Levy

News: HMRC postpone Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme until 1 January 2016 25 Sep 2015

Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme will be delayed until 1 January 2016.

News: Make sure due diligence is right 24 Sep 2015

Top Tiips on why you and your staff must know the four licensing objectives

News: Set the benchmark for rates 24 Sep 2015

Why is th rateable value of your property important?

Q & A: Variation unsuccessful 24 Sep 2015

What are my options when a minor variation is refused?

News: The Immigration Bill 2015 has been through its first reading in Parliament. 18 Sep 2015

Licensing implications to flow from the Immigration Bill 2015 which has now had its first reading in the Houses of Parliament.

News: A game plan for Rugby World Cup 17 Sep 2015

Top Tips on avoiding a potential logistical nightmare and maximising trade

News: Be clear on what the police want 17 Sep 2015

Are you meeting or being interviewed?

News: The nuisance neighbours 17 Sep 2015

Threat of closure: the onus has always been on music venues

News: The risk of fire hazard rules 17 Sep 2015

Are you fire safety compliant?

Marriage or Civil Partnership Licences 15 Sep 2015

'I do' - but make sure your venue is licensed.

Special Treatments Licence 15 Sep 2015

If you would like to offer special treatments here are some handy tips to consider

Q & A: Conditions request 10 Sep 2015

Do I need to vary my licence?

Q & A: Sound Advice 10 Sep 2015

I have been served with a noice abatement notice - what should I do?

Q & A: Top tips for World Cup TENs 10 Sep 2015

The do's and dont's of issuing Temporary Event Notices

News: Liverpool City Council decide to consult on a Late Night Levy 09 Sep 2015

Liverpool City Council Licensing Committee to consult on a Late Night Levy

News: Liverpool City Council Late Night Levy 04 Sep 2015

Liverpool City Council Licensing Committee to decide on consultation for a Late Night Levy

News: Fighting the cause effect 03 Sep 2015

A representation against a variation must be about the effect of it on the licensing objectives.

Q & A: Handing out of gig night flyers not authorised 03 Sep 2015

Depending upon the type of promotional material you are distributing, you could be committing an offence.

News: Keep on top of your paperwork 03 Sep 2015

Ensure your paperwork is in order to avoid enforcement action being taken.

News: Preliminary Decision by European Court on Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol in Scotland 03 Sep 2015

The Scottish Courts referred the matter of the legality of minimum pricing of each unit of alcohol in Scotland following a challenge from the Scotch Whisky Association and others.

News: Home Office announces new measures to deal with illegal immigrants. 26 Aug 2015

Operators employing illegal workers could lose licence under proposed legislation.

News: Be prepared for pub inspections 20 Aug 2015

Here are some useful tips on what to look out for

News: The impact of public health 20 Aug 2015

The work of public health teams will enhance the decision-making process for those applying for licences

Licensed Trade Guide (2017 edition) 14 Aug 2015

Announcing the new Licensed Trade Guide 2017. Written by seven leading solicitors, this handy pocket-sized reference guide helps you understand the basics of how licensing law affects your business.

News: Hackney Council Postpones Licensing Policy Consultation until 2016 13 Aug 2015

Hackney Council will continue with its current policy and re-consult on a new licensing policy in 2016

Q & A: Be in the game on new classifications 06 Aug 2015

Are some gaming machines being reclassified? If so, do I need to change my current permission?

News: Consultation launched on the devolution of Sunday trading rules 06 Aug 2015

The Government has proposed the potential reform and extension of Sunday trading hours

News: Even tougher than before 06 Aug 2015

Is there a hardening of attitudes against the industry?

News: How to get the holidays covered 06 Aug 2015

Do I need temporary staff to cover for holiday leave?

Q & A: Live Music Conditions 06 Aug 2015

Licensing Partner James Anderson Looks at Live Music Conditions

When we will get news on minimum pricing? 06 Aug 2015

Have the Welsh government set a minimum unit price for alcohl?

Q & A: Service of a Noise Abatement Notice and the steps to take 04 Aug 2015

Licensing solicitor Andy Grimsey answers a question about a Noise Abatement Notice

Hot topic: Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 03 Aug 2015

A useful overview of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

News: The London Restaurant and Casual Dining Market 03 Aug 2015

London Licensing Partners Clare Eames and Lisa Inzani take a look at the London Restaurant and Casual Dining Market; Trailblazers, Trends and Licensing Landscape

Big Brother is watching but not recording 30 Jul 2015

My CCTV system did not record, have I breached my licence conditions?

Service of a noise abatement notice 30 Jul 2015

I have received a noise abatement notice through the post, what should I do?

What to expect after a failed test purchase 23 Jul 2015

My employee failed a test purchase operation carried out by the police and trading standards authority - what will happen now?

News: Government rejects £2 cap for FOBT stake limits 17 Jul 2015

Council campaign to reduce stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals rejected

Licensed for music but it's too hot in the pub 16 Jul 2015

Do I need to vary my licence?

Owner is refusing to return personal licence 16 Jul 2015

What action can I take to get my personal licence returned to me?

News: Weymouth & Portland Borough Council Reject Levy and EMRO 16 Jul 2015

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Licensing Committee reject proposals to introduce a Late Night Levy or an EMRO for lack of evidence to justify implementing the schemes.

Wales consults on alcohol minimum unit pricing 15 Jul 2015

The Government of Wales has proposed a new law to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

News: Breaking news - Camden's recent levy consultation was only “informal” 09 Jul 2015

The recent levy consultation was informal. A formal consultation may take place later in the year

Q & A: Outside drinking rules 09 Jul 2015

I have a table and chairs licence, but do I need to vary my licence to allow my customers to drink outside?

News: Brighton & Hove Late Night Levy Consultation 03 Jul 2015

Brighton & Hove City Council Licensing Committee, following a request from Sussex Police, consider consultation for Late Night Levy.

Q & A: Online betting websites 02 Jul 2015

Customers use my wifi service to connect to online betting sites - am I breaking any laws?

Q & A: Bike race is set to pass my beer garden 25 Jun 2015

Do I need a temporary event notice for my customers to drink outside?

Q & A: Game on for pub's machine permit transfer 25 Jun 2015

I am selling my pub, do I need to arrange to transfer my existing LPGMP?

News: Outdated plans can cost dearly 25 Jun 2015

Here is our checklist of what must be shown on your plans

Licensing authority has refused layout wish 23 Jun 2015

Do the proposed alterations to my premises really undermine the licensing objectives?

Q & A: Getting permission for a marquee 22 Jun 2015

Can customers take their drinks outside the marquee?

News: "Experts" are proved wrong 18 Jun 2015

Maybe no Madrid or Bologna but certainly not Armageddon

News: Don't be a noisy neighbour 18 Jun 2015

How to prevent neighbours from being affected by noise from your premises.

Q & A: The rules on rights to refuse entry 11 Jun 2015

What is the legal position on refusing people entry to my pub?

News: Impact of the late-night levy 11 Jun 2015

What do Cheltenham and Newcastle have in common?

News: Outdoor Areas 11 Jun 2015

Top Tips for Marquees and Temporary Bars

Q & A: Fights at Premises 04 Jun 2015

The police are threatening to prosecute - what can I do?

Q & A: Threat to licence after noise complaints 04 Jun 2015

I have been served with a noise abatement notice - what can I do?

News: The dangers of barring entry 04 Jun 2015

It is perfectly lawful to refuse entry and no reason has to be given. However . . .

Q & A: Number of TENs allowed is going up - in 2016 28 May 2015

When will the new amount of TENs allowed come into force?

News: Nipping problems in the bud 28 May 2015

Top Tips on the smoking ban and the election

News: Staying clear on smoking rules 28 May 2015

Consider nearby residents: smokers can cause noise nuisance in outside smoking areas

Q & A: Licensing preparations for a village festival 26 May 2015

What licensing issues do I need to consider?

News: Box clever when it comes to TENs 21 May 2015

A quick guide to best practice and limits for late TENs

News: Red tape is likely to be cut 21 May 2015

Following the surprise General Election victory for the Conservatives, what can we expect in terms of further reforms to the Licensing Act 2003?

News: Helping you fully understand your powers and duties in a licensing hearing 19 May 2015

Specialist Training for Licensing Councillors, Licensing Committee Members and people within local authorities only

Q & A: Appeal against decision of licensing committee 14 May 2015

Can I produce evidence on the day of the hearing?

News: New food offer: what to consider 14 May 2015

You need to register as a food business at least 28 days before you start operating.

News: Trade Partnership needed 14 May 2015

'You gotta fight for your right to party!'

News: Allergen advice must be correct 07 May 2015

Its important to update ingredient infrmation in this ongoing process.

Q & A: Rights of Entry for Licensing Authorities 23 Apr 2015

Can I refuse entry to an office of the Local Authority?

News: Make your summer a breeze 23 Apr 2015

Sprucing up your Beer Garden for the Summer

News: Permission to use pavements 23 Apr 2015

Handy points to note of the permissions required

Q & A: Clarity needed on home gaming machines played in pubs 16 Apr 2015

Can I put a WII or a Nintendo console in my pub?

News: Powers of entry code explained 16 Apr 2015

Preliminary observations of the new code which came into force on 6th April 2015

News: The social media minefield 16 Apr 2015

Twitter, Facebook and other similar platforms are now regularly used to debate the merits of licensing applications.

Q & A: Police want employee banned from six venues 09 Apr 2015

Following an incident at one of my venues, can the police demand my employee is banned from my venues?

News: Face a licensing hearing and win 09 Apr 2015

Top tiips on evidence and tactics

News: Timescales clearer on deregulations 09 Apr 2015

The most eagerly awaiting provision is the requirement to renew personal licences is abolished

News: Decoding premises licences 02 Apr 2015

Decrypting a premises licences - here are some examples

News: Raising funds for charity 02 Apr 2015

Here are our top tips for raising funds for a charity of your choice

News: Licensing Fees 26 Mar 2015

The Home Office published its response to the consultation on increasing fees payable under the Licensing Act 2003.

News: Young and Enthusiastic 26 Mar 2015

Top tips in considering employing youngsters within the trade

News: If music be the food of pubs . . . 19 Mar 2015

PPL and PRS licences are required when playing recorded music in public

News: When it is right to refuse service 19 Mar 2015

Refusing service and denying entry are always tricky issues - here is our overview of the main legal and operational points to bear in mind

News: Beware of the clocks changing 12 Mar 2015

Make sure your premises is in a position to trade legally when the clocks move forward

News: A possible future for pubs? 05 Mar 2015

Looking ahead 'The Pub 2020'

News: An enforcement visit could await 05 Mar 2015

Consider our top tips on a proactive approach to enforcement visits

News: Latest on entertainment law 26 Feb 2015

The emphasis in the future will be even more focused on the effects of alcohol consumption, not the playing of music

News: Variations to the premises licence 26 Feb 2015

Tops tips to consider prior to lodging your variation application

News: Gambling issue far from over 19 Feb 2015

The continued sage of bingo in pubs

News: Reforms to zero hours contracts 19 Feb 2015

Here we list the main points to remember if you are considering using zerio-hours contracts

News: An accumulating concern 12 Feb 2015

Decisions must be based on evidence when it comes to deciding on cumulative impact policies

News: Planning ahead 12 Feb 2015

Top tips on your approach in attempting to obtain planning permission for changes made under relaxed planning rules

News: Austerity affects authorities 05 Feb 2015

When experienced council licensing officers disappear, the process becomes tougher

News: Set the mood for Valentine's Day 05 Feb 2015

Here are our tips to ensure that the path to February 14th runs smoothly

News: Personal licence quandary 29 Jan 2015

The unanswered questions

News: Licensing changes never end 11 Dec 2014

The year of deregulation

News: Stocking fillers for the new year 11 Dec 2014

Tips which may help you focus and increase the chances of obtaining a satisfactory decision before a Committee

Videos 20 Mar 2014

Information, advice and much more - view all our videos

News: Publicity Order made in Latest Corporate Killing Conviction 14 Mar 2014

The sixth conviction under the Corporate Manslaughter Act leads to the Court making a Publicity Order

News: Home Office Launches Consultation on World Cup Licensing Hours 13 Mar 2014

A two week consultation has today been launched by the Home Office to relax licensing hours during England's World Cup matches

News: Full Council Endorse Licensing Authority's recommendation in Blackpool 13 Mar 2014

Blackpool Council agrees to endorse the recommendation not to proceed with an EMRO

TENs - Upcoming Event Deadlines 13 Mar 2014

A guide to upcoming events that may require a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

Application for a Personal Licence 12 Mar 2014

Instructions on how to start our licence application service

News: Lambeth Publishes Minutes and Decision 10 Mar 2014

More detail on the decision by the London Borough of Lambeth not to recommend the adoption of an EMRO

News: UPDATE 2 - Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences 10 Mar 2014

Leeds Administrative Court confirm that cases in relation to two Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences have now concluded

News: City of London Launches Revised Late Night Levy Consultation 07 Mar 2014

City of London commences new Late Night Levy Consultation

News: Failed Test Purchase 06 Mar 2014

A member of my staff failed a test purchase operation

News: Lambeth decide not to proceed with EMRO 06 Mar 2014

Licensing Committee of Lambeth decide not to proceed with an EMRO for junction of Wandsworth Road and North Street

Q & A: Nomination notice 06 Mar 2014

What is a nomination notice and how does it apply

News: Southampton City Council seek to consult on Late Night Levy 05 Mar 2014

Southampton City Council due to take first step for consultation on Late Night Levy

News: Payment by credit card 27 Feb 2014

Can people pay by credit card in my pub

Case Studies 27 Feb 2014

We've put together a few common scenarios for the licensing industry. Would you know what to do in these situations?

News: Islington takes a step closer to implementation of a Late Night Levy 25 Feb 2014

Islington Late Night Levy Update

Licence2View 24 Feb 2014

Licence2View is our secure website to check the progress of your applications, highlight issues, manage your licensing, and see the details of all your licences

Premises Application Online 21 Feb 2014

Premises Licence Form

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor 21 Feb 2014

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor Application

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor Application 21 Feb 2014

Welcome to our Vary Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) instruction form

Applications On-line 21 Feb 2014

Provides on-line guidance through every stage of the licence online application

News: Lapsed Licence Problem 20 Feb 2014

Does the licence lapse if the previous holder died 3 months ago?

News: Leaseholder Query 20 Feb 2014

Should I transfer the premises licence?

News: RGT announce stage 2 of their gaming machines research 18 Feb 2014

Responsible Gambling Trust announce stage 2 of their gaming machines research

News: 'Neknomination' and the Mandatory Conditions 17 Feb 2014

Licensees should be vigilant against Neknomination craze

News: UPDATE - Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences 17 Feb 2014

High Court proceedings update and Private Members Bill proposing further regulation

News: Home Office Announces 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas 13 Feb 2014

Government announces project aimed at tackling 'the harmful effects of irresponsible drinking' in certain areas

News: Home Office Issues Consultation on Locally - Set Licensing Fees 13 Feb 2014

Government Consults on locally set licensing fees

News: TEN for a Beer Festival 13 Feb 2014

Can I apply for a TEN if I am not a personal licence holder?

News: Neighbours and Noise 13 Feb 2014

I wish to vary my licence to include recorded music

News: Appeal dismissed by Court of Appeal in lap dancing case 12 Feb 2014

Appeal against refusal of Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence fails in the Court of Appeal.

News: Blackpool EMRO proposal rejected 10 Feb 2014

Blackpool Council reach its decision on the adoption of an EMRO for the Town Centre

News: Reasons for Blackpool's rejection of EMRO 10 Feb 2014

EMRO of 03:00-06:00 is not recommended by Blackpool's Licensing Committee to the full Council

News: Islington Late Night Levy Update 07 Feb 2014

Islington Council will determine the fate of the Late Night Levy on February 27th 2014

News: Noise From Residents 06 Feb 2014

What action can I take if residents regularly cause noise issues?

News: Book Reading at Venue 06 Feb 2014

Does "book reading" fall under "Performance of a Play"?

News: New initiatives for base pricing of alcohol 05 Feb 2014

Alcohol pricing structure to be in place for World Cup

News: Prime Minister intervenes on Later Opening for the World Cup 04 Feb 2014

Home Office to launch a consultation on extended hours for pubs during England matches in this Summer's World Cup in Brazil

News: Foreign satellite screening of Premier League matches decided in High Court 31 Jan 2014

In the High Court, Mrs Justice Rose granted the Premier League's request for summary judgment against a licensee. The League's legal team had argued that the licensee's defence for showing live matche

News: Football World Cup Fever! 30 Jan 2014

Listed below are the dates for the England games. If you need to apply for a Temporary Event Notice then I recommend that you start planning now and issue your notice soon

News: Garage Forecourt argues discrimination under EU Law - and Wins 24 Jan 2014

Shell UK awarded alcohol licence with novel argument on EU Law grounds

News: Further activity to Potentially Combat Illegal Football Screenings 23 Jan 2014

Prosecutions are set to increase for premises who illegally show Premier football matches

News: High Court allows the re-opening of 2 Leeds Lap Dancing Venues - for now! 23 Dec 2013

There has been some progress in the applications for Judicial Review of two Leeds venues who's applications for renewal of their SEVs where refused.

News: Leeds City Council Executive Board Reject Late Night Levy 19 Dec 2013

Late Night Levy is rejected by Leeds City Council's Executive Board

News: Cheltenham Borough Council to Introduce a Late Night Levy 17 Dec 2013

Cheltenham Borough Council are to become the latest authority to introduce a late night levy.

News: Nottingham City Council to Consult on Late Night Levy 17 Dec 2013

Nottingham City Council are to become the latest authority to formally consult on the Late Night Levy

News: Blackpool EMRO is Deferred Again 09 Dec 2013

Blackpool EMRO Again Deferred due to Procedural Issues

News: Three Lap Dancing Venues in Leeds Forced to Close 09 Dec 2013

Three lap dancing venues in Leeds forced to close following decision of the City Council

The Poppleston Allen Guide to Preventing Underage Sales of Alcohol (Teenage Kicks) 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has produced a revised and updated training pack for operators, called ‘Teenage Kicks’, designed to protect your business from the threat of closure and financial penalties due to rep

The Regulatory Trade Guide 06 Dec 2013

The Regulatory Trade Guide is a handy pocket-sized easy reference tool. It provides some basic guidelines to the areas where difficulty most frequently arises and has easy to read bite-sized chunks

Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy - Second Edition 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has contributed towards several chapters of the Second Edition of Philip Kolvin's book, Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy.

Potential Development Appraisals 05 Dec 2013

It's not always easy to establish whether a premises will be acceptable for licensed activities

Outside Seating 05 Dec 2013

Outdoor tables and chairs can help you maximise the potential of your business

Listed Building and Conservation Areas 05 Dec 2013

Various regulations cover changes to listed buildings, or properties in conservation areas

External Heaters and Cigarette Bins 05 Dec 2013

Even outdoor heaters and cigarette bins can have planning implications

Awnings, Advertisements and Signage 05 Dec 2013

Business signage and external advertising can both have planning implications

Planning Applications 05 Dec 2013

Our Planning Team can advise you in relation to all planning applications

Planning Appeals 05 Dec 2013

Planning appeals are a vitally important part of the planning process

Our Planning Services 05 Dec 2013

In order to provide our clients with a first class integrated planning service to compliment all of your licensing requirements, Poppleston Allen retains the Consultancy Services of Jonathan Phillips

Introduction to Reviews & Enforcement 05 Dec 2013

How can we help you with your Reviews and Enforcement issues?

Underage Sales 05 Dec 2013

Information on underage sales for alcohol, cigarettes and AWPs

Planning Enforcement Investigations 04 Dec 2013

With a fall in the number of new planning applications, enforcement offers are starting to concentrate on enforcement investigations

Interviews Under Caution 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about being interviewed while under caution

Health & Safety / Food Safety 04 Dec 2013

Environmental Health officers will carry out inspections of your licensed premises

Corporate Manslaughter 04 Dec 2013

Companies can face prosecution for any fatality within the workplace

Staff Caught Speeding 04 Dec 2013

What should you do if you are caught speeding?

Smoking Problems and Noise 04 Dec 2013

How to manage smoking at your premisis

Food Safety Problems 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about Food Safety problems at your premises

Health & Safety Problems 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about Health & Safety issues at your premises

Temporary Event Notices 04 Dec 2013

A Temporary Event Notice, or TEN, is required before carrying out licensable activity on unlicensed premises, or when the activity is outside the scope of an existing licence

Breach of Mandatory Conditions 04 Dec 2013

What happens if you breach the mandatory conditions of your licence?

Breach of Premises Licence Conditions 04 Dec 2013

What should you do if you find yourself in a Breach of Premises Licence Conditions situation?

Breaching Your Licence 04 Dec 2013

Breaching your licence can result in an unlimited fine and/or six months in prison

Doorstaff 04 Dec 2013

Licensees must ensure that their door staff are licensed with the Security Industry Authority

Drugs Awareness 04 Dec 2013

It's important to be on the lookout for both drug users and drug dealers

Drunkenness 04 Dec 2013

It's important not to sell alcohol to someone who appears to be drunk

Due Diligence 04 Dec 2013

Good policies, procedures and training can help provide a Due Diligence defence

Noise 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about noise issues at your premises

Police Closure Powers 04 Dec 2013

The Police have powers to close a licensed premises to prevent disorder

Reviews 04 Dec 2013

The Licensing Authority can review a Premises Licence at any time

Smoke Free Premises 04 Dec 2013

You must ensure that nobody smokes inside your licensed premises

Trading Standards Weights and Measures 04 Dec 2013

Trading Standards Officers have a wide variety of responsibilities and may well visit your premises.

Q & A: Underage Sales - Failed Test Purchases 04 Dec 2013

What to do if you are notified by the police that your premises have failed two test purchases in the last couple of months.

Variation of a Licence 04 Dec 2013

The plans of the premises form part of the Premises Licence and should be sent out by the Licensing Authority

Licensing in Scotland 03 Dec 2013

There are significant differences between the licensing regime in Scotland and that in England and Wales

Insolvency or Death 03 Dec 2013

When a Premises Licence Holder becomes insolvent, the holder of the licence dies or is no longer entitled to work in the United Kingdom, the transfer of the premise licence can sometimes be overlooked

Absence of a Personal Licence Holder 03 Dec 2013

Authorising your staff to sell alcohol

Designated Premises Supervisor 03 Dec 2013

There must be a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) for all premises selling alcohol

Top Tips for Taking on a New Premises 03 Dec 2013

Here are our hints and tips for anyone taking on on a new licensed premises

News: Latest Licensing Act Research Published 02 Dec 2013

Latest Research on the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 Reveals no change in crime figures

Application Fees 29 Nov 2013

Here's our guide to calculating Application Fees

Premises Licences 29 Nov 2013

A range of 'Licensable Activities' will require a Premises Licence

The Live Music Act 2012 29 Nov 2013

Here is what you need to know about hosting live or recorded music at your premises

Pavement Licences 29 Nov 2013

To put tables and chairs outside your premises a number of factors need to be considered to ensure the correct permissions are obtained

Other Forms of Licences 29 Nov 2013

Playing recorded music or showing films/DVDs will require additional licences

Mandatory Conditions 29 Nov 2013

Further changes were made to the mandatory conditions on Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates on 10th October 2014

Personal Licences 29 Nov 2013

For the first time there are two separate licences; one for an individual and one for the premises.

Hot topic: The Late Night Levy 29 Nov 2013

Here are the things an Operator practically needs to know about the Late Night Levy

Club Premises Certificates 28 Nov 2013

The Club Premises Certificate is the mainstay of a club's operation

Appeals and Judicial Reviews 28 Nov 2013

You can appeal against the decision of a licensing committee

News: Deadline for Christmas TENs 28 Nov 2013

Deadline for Christmas TENs Looms

Cumulative Impact 28 Nov 2013

Licensing Authorities can adopt tougher restrictions in areas where unacceptable levels of crime, disorder or public nuisance have been identified

Hot topic: Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) 28 Nov 2013

An EMRO allows the Licensing Authority to restrict the early morning sale of alcohol if they consider this appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives

News: Parents Targeted on Underage Drinking? 22 Nov 2013

Cross-Party Think Tank DEMOS feels that stronger penalties are in order in respect of underage drinking.

News: Permission to Proceed with Judicial Review Granted 15 Nov 2013

High Court Grants Permission for Judicial Review for Platinum Lounge Chester

News: Hope and Glory is Confimed 15 Nov 2013

Hope and Glory Confirmed - Courts Must be Satisfied that Local Authorities got it wrong to allow appeal.

News: Leeds City Council Limits Number of SEV Premises Licences 15 Nov 2013

Leeds City Council's new Statement of Licensing Policy sets cap for SEVs

News: Islington Council Commence Late Night Levy Consultation 13 Nov 2013

Islington Council launches consultation on proposals to adopt a Late Night Levy

News: Milton Keynes Full Council Reject Late Night Levy 24 Oct 2013

Milton Keynes Full Council last night agreed to reject proposals to introduce a Late Night Levy.

News: DCMS Issues Consultation on further Entertainment Deregulation 24 Oct 2013

More types of Regulated Entertainment to fall outside the licensing net.

News: Kingston Rejects EMRO Proposal 18 Oct 2013

Councillors consider Police evidence 'insufficient'

News: Norwich to delay consideration of Early Morning Restriction Order 17 Oct 2013

Norwich Council decides to revisit EMRO consultation

News: Woking Reject Late Night Levy and Early Morning Restriction Order 16 Oct 2013

Woking Borough Council Licensing Committee Reject Late Night Levy and Early Morning Restriction Order

News: Harrow Council Cancels EMRO Hearing 09 Oct 2013

Council chooses 'careful monitoring' instead of an EMRO.

News: Lap Dancing Bar Platinum Lounge in Chester Reopens 04 Oct 2013

High Court reopens Lap Dancing Bar Platinum Lounge

News: Breaking News: Milton Keynes Licensing Committee approve Late Night Levy 19 Sep 2013

Milton Keynes Licensing Committee reject Sub-Committee's proposal and vote to adopt Late Night Levy