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Licensing news Scotland - March 2017

TLT’s monthly newsletter, covering up-to-date stories of interest to operators in the licensed hospitality, retail, leisure and gambling industries in Scotland.

This month in summary

Alcohol licensing

Civic News

Gambling News

Other news

Scottish Beer & Pub Association reports benefits to Scottish economy

The Scottish Beer & Pub Association (SBPA) have commissioned Oxford Economics to investigate the impact of pubs and brewing on the Scottish economy.  Their report finds brewing and beer sales (on-sales and off-sales) provide significant economic benefits to the economy.  Employment numbers are estimated at 58,320 nationally.

In terms of gross value added (GVA), the beer and pub sector makes a positive contribution in all regions and the economic contribution is most pronounced in the Lothians and Glasgow.

In terms of employment, it is estimated that 38% percent of those directly employed in the sector are under 25 years of age.  

New shape £1 coin comes into circulation

The new shape £1 coin will enter circulation in March 2017 with The Royal Mint producing 1.5 billion of the new coins.  Licencees are urged to remind staff that the new 12 sided coin is legal tender and any premises with machines (gaming machine, jukebox or similar) should be taking steps to make them compatible. 

Alcohol Focus Scotland launch report – 'Promoting good health from childhood. Reducing the impact of alcohol marketing on children in Scotland'

According to cited research, Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) believe alcohol advertising has a detrimental effect on children.  In light of this AFS is calling on the Scottish Government to legislate to restrict alcohol adverts.  The report can be read in full here.

It makes 13 recommendations including, prohibiting outdoor alcohol advertising and advertising in public spaces, ending alcohol advertising of sports/music /cultural events, banning alcohol adverts on TV between 6am and 11pm and restricting alcohol adverts on social media.

Civic News

Edinburgh consult on parades and processions

Edinburgh Council has launched a consultation on a policy and code of conduct for public processions.  The consultation seeks to ingather views on striking the balance between the positive aspects of parades in the capital and the negative impacts the cause, including, disruption to the public, traffic, retail and tourism.  The consultation closes on 31 March and can be accessed here.

Gambling News

UK Government propose to reform the Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 

The Horserace Betting Levy is applicable to operators who offer bets on horseracing in Great Britain.  The basis on which the levy is calculated is to be changed to a fixed rate.  The Regulations being put to Parliament set that rate at 10% of the amount an operator’s profits on bets that relate to horseracing in Great Britain exceeding £500,000. The Regulations make provision for the fixed rate to be reviewed within seven years and they also make changes to the powers of the Horserace Betting Levy Board to allow it to properly administer the new Levy scheme.  The changes will come into effect on 1 April 2017.

TLT strengthen Scottish Licensing Team

Caroline Loudon has joined TLT as a Partner in the Scottish Licensing Team. Caroline is one of very few  lawyers with significant experience in alcohol, civic and gambling law. She has acted for clients across the licensing spectrum including celebrity chefs, five star hotels, academic institutions, festival and large event teams, international casinos and UK wide bingo/casino operators.  Stephen McGowan, Partner and Head of Licensing (Scotland) said "Caroline’s reputation in the field needs no introduction; she is one of Scotland’s leading licensing lawyers and lives and breathes licensing just like we do.”

Out and about 

February is a short month but we have really clocked up the miles by representing clients at hearings all over the country.

Stephen, Niall and Michael appeared at Aberdeen City, South Lanarkshire (East Kilbride and Hamilton divisions), Dundee, Glasgow, East Lothian, Edinburgh, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire and Falkirk Licensing Boards.  In addition, we found time to appear at Edinburgh and North Lanarkshire Licensing Committees.

Stephen and our new Partner Caroline Loudon spoke at the CLT Licensing Conference in Glasgow, whilst Stephen and Niall ran a series of seminars for Insolvency Practitioners on upcoming changes to liquor licence transfers. 

March is set to be as busy so it is all hands on deck!

Keep up with the licensing team: 

Niall's Twitter @niall_hassard

Stephen's Twitter @LicensingLaws

Michael's Twtter @michaelmcdx

Caroline's Twitter @ckploudon


This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at March 2017. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions

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