Welcome to our November licensing update
Christmas will soon be on us; time to remember any possible requirement for festive Temporary Event Notices as mentioned below.
This week has seen the release of both the latest Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories. For us lawyers these are like appearing in a list of top 50 restaurants, or like winning a Publican Award!
So to find out in a single week that we are ranked as Band 1 (the highest possible!) in Licensing in Chambers & Partners (also with 5 ranked lawyers) along with being a Tier 1 (again the highest) licensing Firm in the Legal 500 means we are currently very pleased with ourselves. We feel we give our clients first rate service so it is rewarding to sometimes get recognition for it as well.
The Home Office has today launched a consultation which will run until 1 February 2019 into the possible restriction on 24 drinking airside at airports in England and Wales only, something previously mooted.
This year, both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve take place on a Monday and so operators should need to consider carefully your Premises Licence in respect of those days and any non-standard timings (if specified on your licence) to ensure that you are adequately covered for the events you have planned over the festive period. For a standard Temporary Event Notice, 10 working days must be given prior to the event. In the circumstances, for applying for a Temporary Event Notice for Christmas Eve 2018, the notice must be received by the Council on 7r December 2018.
Alongside various budget announcements was confirmation of the National Living Wage (NLW) rates for those 25 and over to become effective in April 2019, alongside increases to the National Minimum Wage. The increase in the NLW is of the order of just under 5%.
Allergens and allergic reactions are very much in the news at the moment; one recent case involved an operator being found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a customer in 2016 who had suffered irreversible brain damage caused by an asthma attack triggered by an allergic reaction to peanuts.
The Home Office has just published statistics relating to alcohol and late night refreshment licensing in England and Wales – something it has done on an annual basis (other than years ending 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2015) for some time.
‘We Love Hackney’, a not for profit company set up by local residents, has instructed a Specialist Public Law Solicitors to apply to Judicially Review Hackney Borough Councils Licensing Policy. The policy enlarged the Special Policy Area for Shoreditch alongside a “core hours policy” which limits operational hours to 11pm on weekdays, midnight at weekends and imposes a 10pm curfew for external areas.
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs has launched a consultation to “gather views from stakeholders on the proposals to ban the distribution and/or sale of plastic straws, plastic – stemmed cotton buds and plastic drink stirrers in England.” The consultation closes 3 December 2018.
Following the Budget, a review will be undertaken as to whether to lift certain restrictions so that ceremonies could take place in temporary structures or outside generally – in gardens and on beaches etc. This would bring the system much more in line with how Scotland deals with these matters.
National Pubwatch have tackled the issue of conflict management in their latest training film. The promotion of a safe drinking environment for customers and staff, is at the heart of the message in the video.
LGiU and Portman Group recently conducted a survey of over 100 council leaders, cabinet members, chief officers and service directors in English Local Authorities on their approach to managing the evening and night time economy. The survey was undertaken to determine how local government views their local night time economy, the particular local challenges they face and who takes the lead on this policy area within the council. The findings of that survey have now been released.
The West Lothian Board has now formally announced their general festive extension for 2018.
The Gambling Commission has announced changes to the Licence conditions and codes of practice which came into force on 31st October.
We have created 3 guides to advise you through the Christmas trading period:
- Christmas & New Year’s TENs
- Christmas cheer, beer and not licensing fear!
- Don’t get St. Nick(ed) this Christmas…
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your copies.