Adapting Your Licensed Business During The COVID- 19 Crisis

Adapting your licensed business during COVID- 19 Many businesses are seeking to adapt their practices in order to maximise sales and profitability during an unquestionably difficult period.  Leeds City Council’s Entertainment Licensing Department has helpfully produced a guidance document for…


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Adapting your business in the face of Covid-19

With the Government asking pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to close last Friday, owners of bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs are looking at other ways to keep cashflow moving. A number of routinely on-sales premises are moving to offering off-sales and delivery of food.  We are seeing various…


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Protecting premises licences in uncertain times

We have seen Covid 19 thrusting uncertainty onto businesses in recent weeks. While this unsettled period is hopefully short-lived, it has made it clear that owners of licensed premises must be aware of and prepared to deal with new and unexpected challenges. We are sometimes instructed by clients…


Summer is on its way. Do I need a pavement licence for my outdoor area?

It is now that time of the year where the winter months are well and truly behind us. Hopefully we can now start to look forward to many months of glorious weather; where operators can hope to allow their customers the option to eat and drink outdoors. Some operators like to put their tables and…


Government responds to Licensing Act report

Earlier in the year, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 gave its findings. Last week, the Government published its official response. House of Lords Select Committee The House of Lords Select Committee set out various findings following a consultation into…


Changes of use

When operating a business, whether it be a shop, restaurant or an office, you must ensure that you are not breaching either your obligations under your lease or planning laws in using the property in a particular way. For example, if there is planning permission for the use of the property as a…


Planning permission and premises licence: why do I need both?

In order to operate a licensed premises, you will first need to obtain a number of approvals. These include planning permission and a premises licence. It is a common misconception in the licensed trade that the obtaining of planning permission will lead to an applicant automatically obtaining a…


New Report on the Licensing Act 2003

The House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 has this month published a report of Post-Legislative Scrutiny in respect of the Licensing Act. The Report’s findings The Report concludes that the Government originally made a substantial error in placing the responsibility for…


The Immigration Act 2016 – New powers tackling illegal workers in Licensed Premises

As a result of the Immigration Act 2016, new powers preventing illegal working in bars, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs (to name but a few) came into force last week. Background Around 60% of all civil penalties for illegal working served in the UK in the year to February 2017 were issued in the…


Noisy pubs and clubs

It comes with the territory, some say, as the owner or manager of a licensed premises that you will, from time-to-time, have to deal with complaints made by people other than your customers. In my experience, the majority of complaints made about most types of licensed premises concern noise…