We regularly write articles for industry and legal journals & magazines, including commentaries for Online Gambling Lawyer & iGaming Business, a monthly “Licensing Expert” piece for SBC News and a fortnightly page for Pub & Bar and, with their permission, are reproducing them on our website, together with our own news items and reports on topical issues affecting the leisure and gambling industries.

Gambling tax changes come into effect today

The rules for General Betting Duty (GBD), Pool Betting Duty (PBD), and Remote Gaming Duty (RGD) have changed with effect from today, notwithstanding the judicial review challenge mounted by the the Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association. Gambling activities have previously been taxed on a ‘place of supply’ basis, but this has now changed to a ‘place of […]

Renewal of Licensing Act 2003 personal licences

The Government has published a fact sheet explaining the process for personal licence renewals. It will apply to holders of such licences that expire in the early part of 2015 prior to Royal Assent being given to the Deregulation Bill that will abolish the need for renewal. The fact sheet can be downloaded below but it should be noted that […]

The modernisation of today’s pub and bar industry

David Clifton recently joined pub and bar industry leaders including Luminar CEO Peter Marks, Yummy Pub Company “Big Boss” Tim Foster, Chairman of All Our Bars Steven Brook, Maxwell’s Group Operations Director Craig Doyle and Heineken UK Category & Trade Marketing Director Andrew Turner for a roundtable discussion moderated by Tristan O’Hana, Editor of Pub […]

Family brewers held back

David Clifton reports on the amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill that resulted in pub companies with fewer than 500 tied tenants being removed from the constraints of the Statutory Code with the consequence that only the  “big six” pubcos will be bound by it. In her next article for Pub & Bar, Suzanne Davies will comment on the […]

Gambling Advertising Update

The Advertising Standards Authority has published a report entitled “Public Perceptions of Gambling Advertising in the UK” which can be accessed on its website here and downloaded below. Its conclusions (based on focus group research) include the following: People are exposed to far more gambling advertising than they might have assumed but the groups seemingly […]

Abolition of personal licence renewals deferred until Spring 2015

The Home Office has confirmed that Royal Assent in respect of the Deregulation Bill will be deferred until Spring 2015, meaning that the abolition of the need to renew personal licences under the Licensing Act 2003 will not take effect until that time, but for those whose licences will expire before then the renewal formalities will be relaxed. […]

Bacchus Bishops Stortford achieves 3am terminal hour

On behalf of Breeze Bars Limited, we are delighted to have acted on their successful application for a new premises licence, which has resulted in them achieving extended trading hours so that they are now able to open to a later terminal hour on Fridays and Saturdays than any other licensed premises in Bishops Stortford.