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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 finds failures to prevent children playing on age-restricted pub gaming machines 15 Nov 2018

Sample tests indicate failure rate up to 90%

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

Record number attracted to the awards

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: 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: Government Publishes Regulations Prescribing Revised Application Form 28 Feb 2018

Changes to the Application Form to change the Designated Premises Supervisor

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: Form 696 to be scrapped 10 Nov 2017

Form 696 to be scrapped

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

Further detail on Government’s Response

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

The Welsh Government due to announce plans over minimum alcohol pricing

Door Supervision on Friday and Saturday nights 09 Oct 2017

Supervisory spend can prove costly.

News: Review of a Premises Licence 11 Sep 2017

Top Tips - Being proacting to avoid a Review

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

Extending Trade Area 07 Aug 2017

Can I use my basement area for functions or busy periods?

Lack of CCTV coverage 07 Aug 2017

Am I required to have CCTV?

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

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

News: Acquisition of premises 24 Jul 2017

Make sure you enquire before you acquire

News: Polycarbonate Beer Goggles 07 Jun 2017

A trade-off between safety and customer experience?

News: Overhaul of appeals process 22 May 2017

Will Planning departments be looking at licensing appeals?

Noise Abatement Notice and Review of Premises Licence 08 May 2017

Sounding out noise notices

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: 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

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

Big Brother Breakdown 06 Mar 2017

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

News: Policing and Crime Bill 06 Mar 2017

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

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

Are licensing applications really being treated on their merits?

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

33 new regions announced as Local Alcohol Action Areas

News: TENs: Plan ahead 02 Jan 2017

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

News: CounterTerrorismUK 22 Nov 2016

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

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

DCMS announces call for evidence

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

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.

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.

News: Government clauses tabled on Cumulative Impact Assessments and Late Night Levy 23 Sep 2016

Government clauses amending the Late night levy and placing cumulative impact policies on a statutory footing have been tabled in Parliament today

Prevention of Crime and Disorder 19 Sep 2016

Am I at risk of losing my premises licence?

Variation of Premises Licence - Extending Hours 19 Sep 2016

Local residents may lodge an appeal to the grant of my licence - will I be at risk of having to pay costs?

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?

News: Record and Report 05 Sep 2016

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

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

Where does the onus fall?

News: Trying to find the right balance 22 Aug 2016

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

News: Most Un-Appealing 25 Jul 2016

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

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

News: First Line of Defence 23 Jun 2016

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

News: Time for a change 16 Jun 2016

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

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?

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: Search Policies 26 May 2016

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

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

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

News: Alfresco Entertainment 05 May 2016

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

News: Draft Order relaxing licensing hours for Queen’s Birthday now approved by Parliament 05 May 2016

The draft Order relaxing licensing hours has now been approved

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: Support my assertions 21 Apr 2016

What should I consider producing as part of my evidence?

News: Employing Illegal Workers in Licensed Premises 15 Apr 2016

High Court restore Licensing Authority Decision to Revoke Premises Licence

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?

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

Cumulative impact policies can be extremely difficult to overcome

News: Royal Birthday Wishes 10 Mar 2016

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

News: British Summertime 08 Mar 2016

Top tips on how to switch safely to summer hours

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

Each case must be reviewed on its individual merits.

News: Policing and Crime Bill 25 Feb 2016

What are the proposed changes?

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

How you make a request?

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

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

I made a mistake - should I appeal?

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

More TENs but follow the rules

News: Council to reconsider EMRO? 25 Jan 2016

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

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

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

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: 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: Application for designated premises supervisor 01 Oct 2015

Can I be a designated premises superviser at two premises?

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: 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: 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.

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.

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?

Watch Out Big Brother 14 Jul 2015

Considering installing CCTV in your licenced premises. Read these guidelines by solicitor Andy Grimsey

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

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

What do Cheltenham and Newcastle have in common?

News: Powers of entry code explained 16 Apr 2015

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

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: An enforcement visit could await 05 Mar 2015

Consider our top tips on a proactive approach to enforcement visits

News: Variations to the premises licence 26 Feb 2015

Tops tips to consider prior to lodging your variation application

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: 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: 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: Failed Test Purchase 06 Mar 2014

A member of my staff failed a test purchase operation

Q & A: Nomination notice 06 Mar 2014

What is a nomination notice and how does it apply

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: '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: Islington Late Night Levy Update 07 Feb 2014

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

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Licensing Act 2003 Training for Licensing Committee Members – DVD 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has developed a visual training course, which can be provided to Committee members to view at their convenience

Introduction to Reviews & Enforcement 05 Dec 2013

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

Underage Sales 2013 05 Dec 2013

Information on underage sales for alcohol, cigarettes and AWPs

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

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.

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

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: 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: 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.