In her article for the December 2020 edition of Pub & Bar, entitled “Emerging from under the Government’s microscope” (that you can download below), Suzanne Davies summarises findings from the first statutory review of the Pubs Code and the performance of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.
More detail on both:
- the above review (published on 3 November 2020) and
- the fourth annual audit report by the Pub Governing Body in relation to pub companies operating fewer than 500 tied pubs and therefore not covered by the Pubs Code (published on 5 November 2020)
can be found in our separate website posting entitled “One week, two reports – the relationships between pub owning companies and their tenants”, accessible here.
UPDATE: In her above-mentioned article, Suzanne referred to the £2 million fine imposed by the PCA on Star Pubs & Bars for frustrating the principles of the Pubs Code between 2016 and 2019. On 22 December 2020, the PCA announced that she had additionally:
- made 8 recommendations, telling Star what it must do to make good the harm caused to tenants and to ensure that they comply with the Pubs Code, and
- required Star to publish a letter on its website to all its tenants explaining the findings in the investigation report, what Star will do in response to the recommendations and how these measures will affect tenants from a practical point of view.
For more information (including the full details of the PCA’s recommendations), you can download below the PCA’s news item entitled “Update following PCA investigation into Star Pubs & Bars”