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Temporary Event Notices: Deadline approaching

Napthens - November 22nd 2018
Now we’re in November, there’s at least an argument that it’s acceptable to start using the “C” word, so here’s a timely reminder to make sure you are covered for everything you plan to do from a licensing perspective.
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Royal wedding extension to hours – 18 & 19 May 2018

Napthens - May 3rd 2018
Parliament has approved the draft Order allowing licensed premises within England and Wales to provide licensable activities for an extra two hours on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May 2018 from 23.00 to 01.00 the following day.
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FOBT potential stake reduction

Napthens - March 21st 2018
Back in 2017 the Government launched a consultation to review, amongst other points, the maximum stake permitted on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) and that consultation closed in January 2018.
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Small changes to the vary DPS application form

Napthens - March 6th 2018
The Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 will come into force on 23 March 2018. These regulations amend previous legislation and replace the application form that is completed to vary the Designed Premises Supervisor (DPS).
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Proposals to relax licensing hours to celebrate royal wedding

Napthens - January 11th 2018
The Home Office have launched a consultation on proposals to relax licensing hours to celebrate the wedding of Prince Henry (familiarly known as Prince Harry) and Megan Markle.  The consultation was launched on 7th January 2018 and will run for four weeks, ending on 4th February 2018.
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Minimum unit price in Scotland

Napthens - November 23rd 2017
Back in 2012 the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 received Royal Assent, but since then there has been an ongoing court battle to decide if the proposed measures breached European Union Law.
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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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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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Tipping and Gratuities – A legal update

Napthens - May 25th 2016
In October 2009, the Government of the day put in place a voluntary Code of Practice with the intention that this would improve the information available concerning the treatment of tipping, gratuities, cover and service charges and to increase transparency.
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Update: Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme (AWRS)

Napthens - March 8th 2016
Following on from our previous update, which can be viewed here, this is a reminder that the deadline for applying to HMRC for your registration is fast-approaching.
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Proposed Changes to the Licensing Act 2003

Napthens - February 18th 2016
The new Policing and Crime Bill has recently been presented to Parliament.
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Personal license renewals: an update

Napthens - December 15th 2014
Guidance has been issued on how personal licence renewals should be dealt with in the transitional period between the first batch of personal licences falling due for renewal and the coming into force of the Deregulation Bill.
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Community and Ancillary Seller’s Notices

Napthens - December 1st 2014
The Government are proposing to introduce Community and Ancillary Seller’s Notices (CAN) in order to reduce the unnecessary burdens on certain businesses and community groups.
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Revised guidance has been issued

Napthens - October 24th 2014
Following a number of recent changes, the guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 has been revised by the Home Office.
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New guidance released on Mandatory Licensing Conditions

Napthens - September 12th 2014
The Government has released guidance in advance of the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014 coming into force on 1 October 2014.
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