March Licensing Update from JG&Partners

By | March 6, 2018

Welcome to our March Licensing Update

The news hot off the press is that the Government has approved a licensing extension throughout England and Wales on the occasion of the Royal Wedding, although it is presently unclear whether this will serve to extend hours for already authorised regulated entertainment; if not, and entertainment is to be provided, a TEN will be required. More detail as it is presently understood can be found here.

On to other news:

British Summer Time

British Summer Time (or as it may be more properly called Daylight Saving Time) ends at 1am Sunday 25 March 2018. This means that at 1am on that Sunday, the time becomes 2am. Unless you have a specific provision on your licence to cover the clocks going forward, you may wish to consider a Temporary Event Notice to ensure that you do not lose an hours’ trade, when at 1am on that day, the time becomes 2am.Read more here

DPS change application from 23 March 2018

Regulations recently tabled in Parliament amend the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005 so as to substitute a new application form for those wanting to specify a new Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). The changes are minimal and principally relate to the guidance notes and statements relating to immigration offences.Read more here

Revocation of Personal Licence/Immigration 

Slough Borough Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee has revoked a Personal Licence flowing from the Review of a Premises Licence heard before Hillingdon Borough Council relating to immigration offences – indicative of joined up co-operation between the authorities.Read more here

Old £10 note no longer legal tender 

A reminder that the old paper £10 note ceased to be legal tender on and from 1 March with retailers no longer obliged to accept them.Read more here

Cumulative Impact Policy Findings – Sheffield

Following a public consultation on the possible adoption of a Cumulative Impact Policy in central Sheffield, particularly covering the areas of West Street and Devonshire Green, the consultation findings have been released. Interestingly, the consultation was co-ordinated by the Office of The Director of Public Health within Sheffield rather than South Yorkshire Police. The results can be seen by clicking below.Read more here

Best Bar None – Sheffield 

8 February saw the award ceremony for Sheffield’s 9th annual Best Bar None scheme. The John Gaunt & Partners team, as a key sponsor of the event, were there in force and enjoyed another great evening organised by Tracey Ford and her BBN team.Read more here

The Licensing Officer Scam! 

Swale Council has recently written to its licensees to warn against a confidence trickster operating in their area. The scam involves a criminal attending the premises and posing as a Licensing Officer, demanding payment of the licence annual fee in cash.Read more here

Scotland: Minimum Pricing to start 1 May 2018 

Regulations now laid before the Scottish Parliament mean that MUP in Scotland will come into effect on 1 May 2018 in line with previous expectations. In effect, this means minimum unit pricing becomes mandatory from this date. There is ongoing debate however as to how effective this will be overall and how easily it may be capable of avoidance. ‘Booze cruises’ into England and internet sales are two ‘loopholes’ which may in the short term diminish its effects.

A parliamentary briefing paper on MUP generally can be found here: Alcohol: Minimum PricingRead more here

Scotland – requirement for Disabled Access and Facilities Statement from 30 March 2018 

The Premises Licence (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018 come into force on 30 March 2018 which has the effect in practice that any application for a new premises licence which is received by a Licensing Board after 30 March 2018 must be accompanied by the new Disabled Access and Facilities Statement as well as all other currently required documents.Read more here

Gambling – Changes to Advertising Rules 

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) earlier this month published new tightened standards concerning gambling advertising which will come into force on 2 April 2018. These standards will be enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), will focus on adverts appealing to problem gamblers and on free bets and bonuses.Read more here

Gambling – Competition and Markets Authority Investigation Update 

Following their long running investigation (launched in October 2016) regarding online gambling terms and conditions the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have announced that undertakings have been received from three of the largest online operators in the UK – Ladbrokes, William Hill, and PT Entertainment.Read more here

Gambling – William Hill ‘to pay £6.2m penalty’ 

It is being reported that following earlier examples such as BetFred and Paddy Power, the William Hill Group has been made subject to a penalty package of at least £6.2m (second largest fine issued by the Gambling Commission) following an investigation by the Commission into potential money laundering.Read more here

And finally…

Upcoming opportunities

  • Easter Weekend – Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April.
  • Anthony Joshua’s unification fight against Joseph Parker has now been set for 31 March in Cardiff.
  • May Day Bank Holiday – Weekend of 4 May to 7 May
  • The rearranged fight between Tony Bellew and David Haye has been set for the 5 May
  • Royal Wedding on the 19 May (see above)
  • Spring Bank Holiday – Weekend of 25 May to 28 May

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