Licensing legislation update from HABC/WoodsWhur

To bring you the latest updates and changes to alcohol licensing in the UK, Highfield has teamed up with WoodsWhur – one of the country’s leading legal practices in the field.

These updates will provide you with the information and knowledge you need to stay on top of the law and keep you and your staff informed.

Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) BillRoulette wheel
WoodsWhur has recently met with the Gambling Commission both on behalf of individual clients and generally as part of a work in practice group to look at how the preparations are getting on for the introduction of the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Bill.  



Gradient signAre the stats on reduced crime linked to alcohol consumption a reliable Indicator?
We have seen published research which claims a decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcohol is behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year.  




Cameron kick starts the World Cup
The government has listened to the views received in response to its consultation and has decided to relax licensing hours in England for England’s World Cup matches.  The relaxation will apply in England during England matches in the World Cup with a scheduled kick off time of 8.00pm or later.  



LapdancingLap dancing operators lose judicial challenge against Leeds City Council
The High Court has handed down its judgement in the case of The Queen (on the application of Bean Leisure Trading A Limited) and Leeds City Council and between The Queen (on the application of Ruby May (1) Limited) and Leeds City Council [2014] EWHC 878 (Admin).  



High Court rules that procedural defects do not necessarily invalidate review proceedings
On 18 February 2014 the High Court ruled in the case concerning Funky Mojoe, that procedural defects do not automatically render Licensing Review proceedings invalid.

Funky Mojoe is a nightclub in Essex which apparently was well publicised in ‘The Only Way is Essex’ television series and at a review hearing before the London Borough of Redbridge, in April 2013, the terminal hour at the premises was reduced to midnight.

The review application was brought by the licensing authority in January 2013 and a blue notice advertising the review was displayed at the premises pursuant to regulation 38 and 39 of the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005

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