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  • Licence to play music on business premises

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    Date: 12 June 2018

    Elizabeth Butler, a trainee in the Commercial and Technology team, explores a recent case in which the High Court ruled that a restaurant owner infringed copyright by allowing DJs to play music on his premises without a licence.
  • DEFRA changes to Water Abstraction exemptions

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    Date: 26 January 2018

    From the 1st January 2018 you may need to apply for a Water Abstraction licence where such abstraction has previously been exempt.
  • The Only Way is DPS

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    Date: 22 November 2016

    Designated Premises Supervisors (DPS) may need to carefully review their role, as the extent of their duties could be considered to go beyond those connected with the sale of alcohol under the Licensing Act 2003. Laura Williams from our Licensing Team looks at a recent court decision.
  • Not guilty, but at what cost?

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    Date: 15 April 2014

    Nigel Evans has recently been found not guilty of all the criminal charges brought against him, but is out of pocket by £130,000. Why can’t he get that back? Joe Lott explains.
  • Defining lawful and unlawful activities

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    Date: 11 February 2014

    Joe Lott considers the effect of a recent decision of the Supreme Court on unlawful activities and how this might have wider implications, in particular in lease covenants.
  • How public should Public Law be?

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    Date: 18 October 2013

    Judicial review cases involve investigations by the courts into the workings of our public services. Is it right that the two sides should be able to agree to keep the court’s findings secret?
  • Horses for (main) courses?

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    Date: 19 February 2013

    Joe Lott reminds us that all food businesses need to be able to ensure that the food they serve properly complies with its description.
  • Selling cigarettes to children

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    Date: 11 January 2013

    Joe Lott reports on how Morrisons very nearly legalised some sales of cigarettes to children.
  • Local entertainment to be deregulated

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    Date: 09 January 2013

    Joe Lott looks at the government's proposed changes to the Licensing Act which will remove the need for community venues to hold a licence for certain entertainment events
  • Licensed to spy - CCTV and the law

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    Date: 18 October 2012

    Joe Lott offers a timely reminder that CCTV users need to be licensed by the Information Commissioner and comply with a proper data-handling policy.
  • Liquid nitrogen cocktails

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    Date: 16 October 2012

    There is pressure in every industry to provide a unique customer-experience. However, as Joe Lott reports, be very careful to plan for the unexpected.
  • Licensing - the role of the DPS

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    Date: 04 July 2012

    What is the Designated Premises Supervisor's role in a premises supplying alcohol? Surprisingly, the legal role is not clearly defined as Joe Lott explains.
  • Premises licence fees get tough

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    Date: 22 May 2012

    Tim Child explains why Licensees must ensure that they have proper diary systems in place so that the annual licence fees are paid promptly - and what will happen if they aren't.
  • Does your business need a consumer credit licence?

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    Date: 15 February 2012

    Read on to find out whether your business needs a consumer credit licence, as it is not just banks, credit card companies and other specialist businesses that require one.
  • Protecting a licence on death or insolvency

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    Date: 27 March 2009

    Everyone struggling to deal with the aftermath of death, insolvency or mental incapacity of a licensee needs to be aware of the Interim Authority Procedure. Joe Lott explains why.
  • Poker clubs, no bluffing please!

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    Date: 11 March 2009

    Poker clubs: Joe Lott reviews the rules and regulations that apply to these increasingly popular venues.