This month in summary:
Personal licences issued on 1 September 2009 expire on 31 August 2019 unless a renew application was lodged by 31 May 2019.
The early indication from licensing boards across the country is that the number of renewals lodged as at 31 May are worryingly low!
The net result is that if your DPM has missed the deadline their personal licence will expire. Upon expiry they can no longer be a DPM. Every licence must have a valid DPM named to authorise the sale of alcohol. If you ignore the above your premises will have to stop selling alcohol until a new DPM is named!
A full guide (including how to calculate renewal and expiry dates) can be found here.
and closes on 16 July 2019.
Glasgow City Council Leader, Susan Aitken has announced the intention to appoint a night mayor to “co-ordinate the late night licensed trade activity in the city, including pubs and clubs.”
This comes on the back of the Licensing Board's Support for the 4 a.m. terminal hour pilot project for nightclubs, which has a 1 year duration and saw a number of applications granted in April.
Glasgow’s ideal candidate would act as a conduit between the trade and Council officials and partner agencies.
Glasgow is following in the footsteps of cities like Manchester and Aberdeen.
It is a condition of your Operating Licence that certain events (Key Events) are notified to the Gambling Commission within five working days of the event or as soon as possible. Failure to do so is serious matter and a breach of your Operating Licence. Such a failure may lead to your operating licence being reviewed.
You and your compliance team should be familiar with the Key Events and always be asking "is this a key event?".
Key Events are reported via the Gambling Commission online portal eServices -. If you are unable to log onto the portal then you should not delay the report and instead email email@example.com.
It is not possible to list every single possible Key Event is notified to the Gambling Commission, however, the most common Key Events are as follows:
You should refer to the Gambling Commission's Local Conditions and Code of Practice for further information
New legislation passed by the Scottish Government has created a regime to licence Sexual Entertainment Venues (SEVs).
Local Authorities are empowered to pass a resolution setting out the rules and conditions of licences for such venues. In addition, the local authority must determine the appropriate number of SEVs for their area and this can be zero.
Glasgow are now seeking venues to inform their policy with a deadline of 26 August 2019. It can be accessed here.
Board and Committee Hearings are coming thick and fast for our team! This month we have be clocking up the miles with successful appearances at North Lanarkshire; Fife; Aberdeen City; Dundee; South Lanarkshire (Hamilton); Edinburgh; and Clackmannanshire Licensing Boards. In addition TLT were please to Sponsor the BII Scotland National Awards and host a table of clients at the gala dinner.
Our Employment team have launched a new "must listen" employment law podcast, Employment Law Focus. It is free to download and available on iTunes, Spotify and a range of other podcast platforms. Episode 1 focuses on how companies are responding to heightened awareness around sexual harassment following the #MeToo campaign.
This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at June 2019. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms and conditions.