Licensing e-news

An extra hour’s trade when the clocks turn

Napthens - October 18th 2013
An annual reminder that British Summertime officially ends on Sunday 27 October this year.This means that on Saturday night / Sunday morning at 2.00am, the time immediately becomes 1.00am. Unless there is something to the contrary on your...
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Cask Ale Week 2013

Napthens - September 23rd 2013
The usual reminder that this year’s Cask Ale Week is now approaching, providing a great opportunity for licensees to increase footfall and drive sales.With the strap-line “only in Britain, only in pubs”, Cask Ale Week highlights the...
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The Abolishment of Personal Licences…?

Napthens - September 18th 2013
The Government has launched a consultation on whether or not personal licences should be abolished.The consultation states that the current system of renewing personal licences every ten years is not “an effective or proportionate way to...
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Be prepared for ACPO ‘Week of Action’

Napthens - August 19th 2013
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has announced a “week of action” on licensing and alcohol-related harm, which will run from 16 – 22 September.It is understood that ACPO has not dictated to local forces what...
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Deregulation of Licensed Entertainment

Napthens - January 10th 2013
The Government recently consulted on the deregulation of most entertainment activities that require a licence under the Licensing Act 2003. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has now published a response to that...
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Machine Games Duty

Napthens - November 1st 2012
Machine Games Duty (MGD), a new taxation system for gaming machines, will soon be replacing the existing system (Amusement Machine Licence Duty / VAT). This new system comes into force on 1st February 2013, but those liable are required to...
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Early Morning Restriction Orders

Napthens - October 18th 2012
Regulations have now been published covering Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) and the Late Night Levy (LNL), due to come in to force on 31 October 2012.The Licensing Act 2003 (Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders) Regulations...
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De-regulation of Live Music

Napthens - October 1st 2012
As of 1 October 2012, the Live Music Act 2012 takes effect, resulting in a number of changes to the licensing of regulated entertainment. Under the new Act, amplified live music will not be classed as regulated entertainment if the...
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Satellite football saga continues

Napthens - September 17th 2012
There have been a number of recent developments in the on-going saga surrounding the screening of foreign satellite football in pubs. Last month Lord Justice Stanley Burton upheld the decision made in the Chester Magistrates Court in...
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Training warning for door supervisors

Napthens - September 6th 2012
As many of you will already be aware, in June 2010 it became mandatory for door supervisors to undertake training which included awareness of terrorists’ threats, physical intervention training and how to deal specifically with the...
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Mixed reactions to Government Alcohol Strategy

Napthens - March 27th 2012
There was some interesting reading in the Government Alcohol Strategy which was released last week. The proposal to introduce a minimum price on alcohol (rumoured to be 40 pence per unit) has grabbed the most headlines out of the...
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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

Napthens - March 16th 2012
A number of significant changes to the Licensing Act 2003 will be introduced through the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, which received Royal Assent on 15 September 2011. Over the last few days, we have learnt that a...
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Insolvency Warning for Licensed Premises

Napthens - November 25th 2011
We have come across a number of instances over the last few months where, following a licensed premises falling into the control of an insolvency practitioner, the premises licence has lapsed. Under section 27 of the Licensing Act 2003, a...
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2/3 Pints……

Napthens - November 12th 2011
New alcohol measures for wine and beer are expected to be brought in during October 2011 under The Weights and Measures (Specified Quantities) (Unwrapped Bread and Intoxicating Liquor) Order 2011. The proposed changes will allow wine to be...
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Landlady receives support from the European Court of Justice

Napthens - October 5th 2011
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has finally handed down its decision in the Karen Murphy case and the decision has fallen in favour of the licensee.The ECJ’s decision ruled that the prohibition of the “sale or use of...
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Cask Ale Week

Napthens - September 28th 2011
A reminder to all that Cask Ale Week is coming up (1st to 9th October). Cask Ale week is an event that has grown in stature over recent years and which should be a big event in the calendar of any cask ale supplier or drinker. It has...
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