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.

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

Recommended reading: the Advertising Standards Authority’s report “Public Perceptions of Gambling Advertising in the UK”, the Gambling Commission’s updated ”Guide to advertising codes” and the CAP/BCAP help note “Guidance on the rules for gambling advertisements” 

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.

Gambling Tax Reform: new rules from 1 December 2014

We have been asked by a number of clients and contacts whether any guidance has been published on the new gambling tax regime (coming into force on 1 December 2014) that will affect the remote gambling industry and the UK land based betting industry. Guidance presently appearing on the gov.uk website can be downloaded here.