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Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.

News headlines

May 17, 2018

Councils hail decision to cut maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals to £2

Councils have welcomed the government’s announcement that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2.
May 02, 2018

Uber to appeal as Brighton & Hove decides not to renew its licence

Ride-hailing service Uber has vowed to appeal after the licensing panel at Brighton & Hove City Council decided against renewing its private hire operator licence in the city.
May 02, 2018

Campaigners win permission for challenge to sexual entertainment licensing policy

A campaign group has won permission to take Sheffield City Council’s sexual entertainment licensing policy to judicial review.
May 01, 2018

Minimum pricing for alcohol comes into force in Scotland

Scotland has from today implemented minimum unit pricing for alcohol, with legislation coming into force that sets a minimum 50 pence per unit price.
Apr 26, 2018

IoL publishes guidance on suitability of applicants for taxi and PHV licences

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.

Features and analysis

Capping the number of hackney carriages

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A Yorkshire council has fought off a Crown Court challenge to the limit it placed on the number of hackney carriage licences. Gary Grant explains how.

Manchester on Alcohol & Entertainment Law

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Professor Roy Light reviews the 4th edition of Manchester on Alcohol and Entertainment Law. Woods Whur Publishing, Leeds. £115 soft cover.

Agents of Change

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Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.

Context is king

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Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.

Older articles

Apr 10, 2018

London borough wins appeal over body piercings and underage clients

Carrying out body piercings on someone under the permitted age is a strict liability offence, the Divisional Court has said in a case punctuated by an unusual interruption by the respondent.
Mar 29, 2018

Agents of Change

Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.
Mar 26, 2018

Nightclub owner drops legal action over loss of operating licence

A chain of Birmingham music venues has conceded defeat in its battle with the city council over licensing.
Mar 23, 2018

Philip Kolvin QC appointed Recorder of the Crown Court

Philip Kolvin QC, head of Cornerstone Barristers, has been appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court.
Mar 22, 2018

Ombudsman and council at loggerheads over taxi licensing applications investigation

A row has broken out between the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) and a North West council over a case involving a woman’s application for a hackney carriage licence.
Mar 20, 2018

Uber withdraws appeal over refusal by York committee to renew licence

Ride-hailing business Uber Britannia has withdrawn an appeal over the decision of the gambling, licensing and regulatory committee at City of York Council not to renew its private hire operator’s licence.
Mar 19, 2018

Watchdog calls for maximum £30 stake in FOBT non-slot games

The stake limit for fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) (B2) non-slot games, including roulette, should be cut to £30, the Gambling Commission has said.
Mar 16, 2018

Context is king

Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.
Mar 01, 2018

Resident to crowd fund legal action over council policy on strip clubs

A local resident is trying to raise £5,000 through crowdfunding to challenge Sheffield City Council’s new policy on licensing sex entertainment venues, shops and cinemas.
Feb 28, 2018

Bar owner to pay £10k in fines and costs after breaching noise abatement notice

A bar and restaurant proprietor in Gosport who repeatedly breached a noise abatement notice has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs.
Feb 13, 2018

Gambling watchdog appoints four chambers to standing panel of barristers

Network Rail is to conduct a market engagement exercise for the supply of legal services worth an estimated £70m over five years.
Feb 09, 2018

The Agent of Change principle

What are the implications of the 'Agent of Change' principle? Gareth Hughes explains.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court judge quashes intended use policy for private hire drivers

A High Court judge has this week quashed Knowsley Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers, which required them to sign a declaration that they intended to drive predominantly in its area.
Feb 08, 2018

Taxi licensing policy quashed

A North West council’s intended use policy for private hire drivers was quashed this week. Philip Kolvin QC explains why.
Feb 02, 2018

Institute of Licensing consults on guidance on suitability of taxi, PHV applicants

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.
Jan 31, 2018

Gambling watchdog appoints three law firms to standing panel

The Gambling Commission has named three law firms to a standing panel for the provision of solicitors services worth an estimated £200,000.
Jan 22, 2018

Taxi driver found guilty of refusing to take blind man and his guide dog

A taxi driver operating in Sandwell has been found guilty of refusing to take a blind man and his guide dog.
Jan 19, 2018

Book Review: Button on Taxis

After an eight-year gap there is a new edition of Button on Taxis. Professor Roy Light reviews the publication and the changes made.
Jan 19, 2018

Licensing procedure and the Ombudsman

The Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman recently upheld a complaint against a council on licensing procedure. Paddy Whur examines the ruling.
Jan 17, 2018

City council inadvertently discloses data on children to taxi firms

Leicester City Council has inadvertently disclosed data about children to taxi firms, with the error occurring when the local authority contacted the 27 taxi operators with which it has contracts and mistakenly sent the entire database rather than…

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