Licensing e-news

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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FOBT stake reduced to £2

Napthens - May 21st 2018
A press release has recently been issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport stating that the FOBTs maximum stake is to be reduced from £100 to £2. This is as a result of the consultation detailed in our previous update and is to try to “reduce the risk of gambling related harm.”
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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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Government’s response to the Licensing Act review

Napthens - November 23rd 2017
Read about the Government's response to the report from the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act.
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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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A guide to keeping a drug free pub

Napthens - July 25th 2017
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has issued new advice on how pubs can tackle drug use. The guidance is basic, but it does serve as a timely reminder that this is an issue which will affect most licensed premises (albeit to a varying degree) and that operators do have obligations to fulfill.
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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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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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