Licensing e-news

The Licensing Act: Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Napthens - April 26th 2017
After being tasked with scrutinising the effectiveness of the Licensing Act and following an enquiry which has taken almost a year, the House of Lords has produced their report and recommendations. A full copy of the 180+ page report can...
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Changes to the Licensing Act as a result of the Immigration Act

Napthens - April 4th 2017
There will be a number of changes to the Licensing Act brought about by the Immigration Act taking effect on 6th April.
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New Power of Licensing Authority to Revoke or Suspend Personal Licences

Napthens - April 4th 2017
After 6th April, if a Licensing Authority learns that a Personal Licence Holder has been convicted of a relevant offence or been fined an immigration penalty, they will be able to revoke the personal licence or suspend it for a period not exceeding six months. The Licensing Authority will be required to wait until the time to appeal any conviction for a relevant offence has expired or any appeal which is launched has been determined.
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Changes to Summary Reviews, particularly in relation to interim steps

Napthens - April 4th 2017
For some time, following Summary Review proceedings, there has been a lack of clarity and much argument in respect of whether, in the event that there is an appeal of a committee decision from a final review hearing, any interim steps which were imposed continue to have effect or whether they cease to have effect until the appeal has been disposed of.
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Is your authorisation an appropriate one? – Premises Licences vs Club Premises Certificates

Napthens - July 15th 2016
We have come across recent examples of member’s clubs that have mistakenly believed that Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates both serve the same purpose and are largely interchangeable. As a result, the members clubs in question have believed that they are permitted to hire out their venues to non-members for private functions which involve licensable activities or to open up for the benefit of the public in general. This is absolutely not the case.
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Premises Licence – a reminder

Napthens - July 15th 2016
We were recently approached by a Licensee who, following an inspection at his site, had been advised by his local Licensing Officer that he needed to submit a variation to update the plans which accompanied his Premises Licence.
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