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Licence extension granted following collaborative approach

TLT has successfully secured a 3am permanent licence extension for The Mallard in Dingwall, allowing the premises to stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays to provide entertainment to the local community and tourists. 

The Highland Licensing Board granted the licence variation request at their hearing on 28 March 2017. Michael McDougall, licensing solicitor for TLT who appeared on behalf of premises licence holders Greene King said: “What was particularly pleasing in this case was that we were able to work very constructively with the local community council, who had objected to the application to seek sensible compromise on some of the issues raised. The Licensing Board appeared quite comforted that these discussions had reached an amicable outcome and I was delighted that they therefore supported the application”.

Billy Guthrie from Greene King, who also attended the hearing, said: “We knew the application was out-with the local policy and that it had attracted concerns, but Michael and the team at TLT helped guide us and our tenant in a number of negotiations with the community council and the local LSO. It’s a great result for the premises and the local community, who now for the first time have a local late night entertainment option without having to resort to Inverness”.

The success comes on the back of a number of similar wins in the last year for the TLT licensing team for permanent late night extensions – across the whole of Scotland. Licensing legal director Niall Hassard secured a contested 3am licence for Base nightclub in Hawick, and Partner and Head of Licensing (Scotland) Stephen McGowan famously secured a 3am licence for Shawlands nightclub the Shed.

Stephen said: “Our approach is to work in collaboration with relevant authorities and interested parties in order to achieve sensible and pragmatic outcomes. Michael’s success this week is another example of this which time and time again has delivered commercial benefits for our clients”.

TLT now boasts what is thought to be the largest licensing team in Scotland - with four specialist licensing lawyers, since the arrival of Partner Caroline Loudon, who joined the team from Lindsays earlier this month.


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