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Licensing news England and Wales - January 2017

This month in summary: 

Licensing news 

  • Upcoming events in 2017
  • Going to the pub is good for you
  • TLT to host inaugural Brewers Law and Information Symposium - January 2017

Gambling News

  • The Gambling Commission recommends reduction of many operating licence fees

Licensing News

Happy New Year! Upcoming events for 2017

2017 looks like being a turbulent year in politics, with all the potential knock-on effects this could have for leisure operators. However, let's not start the year on a negative note! Instead, here is a focus on the events that are coming up throughout 2017 which you may want to plan in advance for: 


Possibly the biggest event of the sporting calendar is the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. The first match is 3 June, with the third test on 8 July.

Other sporting highlights throughout the year include:

  • 4 February: Start of the six nations rugby (ends 8 March)
  • 26 March: Australian Grand Prix and start of F1 season
  • 6 - 9 April: Masters golf
  • 27 May: FA Cup final
  • 3 June: Champions League final
  • 3 - 16 July: Wimbledon
  • 4 - 13 August: IAAF world championship athletics
  • 17 August: England v West Indies Test Cricket (runs to 29 September)
  • 26 October: Rugby League World Cup runs to 2 December
  • 23 November: England v Australia - start of the Ashes (runs to 8 January)


  • Hull is the 2017 UK City of Culture and events will be carrying on throughout the year to mark this. 
  • Scotland is celebrating a year of History, Heritage and architecture. Wales, meanwhile is celebrating their Year of Legends, exploring more of Wales’ distinctive history, culture, heritage and mythology.

Bank Holidays

Bank holidays this year are as follows:

  • 14 April Good Friday
  • 17 April Easter Monday
  • 1 May Early May Bank Holiday
  • 29 May Spring Bank Holiday
  • 28 August Summer Bank Holiday
  • 25 December Christmas Day
  • 26 December Boxing Day

Going to the pub is good for you

Researchers from Oxford University have established that frequenting the local pub makes people happier!  The report suggested that the social bonds and associated stimulus with engaging in networks with other people, could buffer against mental and physical illness.

The research by the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology Department was published in the Journal of Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology.

TLT to host inaugural Brewers Law and Information Symposium - January 2017

A limited number of spaces remain for our inaugural Brewers Law and Information Symposium (BLIS) a special educational and conference event on the Scottish brewing industry to be held at Drygate Brewery on Tuesday 24 January 2017.

To avoid disappointment please find the full details and register for this free event

Gambling News

The Gambling Commission recommends reduction of many operating licence fees

Following a joint consultation carried out by the Gambling Commission and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the draft Gambling (Operating Licence and Single-Machine Permit Fees) (Consolidation) Regulations 2017 will be submitted for governmental approval. 

The 2017 Regulations will, if approved, see fee reductions for around 1,900 operators and no changes to 1,000 more - to reflect efficiencies achieved in the Commission’s operating costs. However, there will be around 75 operators who will see their fees increase. These 75 operators will be those with a gross gambling yield of over £15 million and the Commission has said that this cost increase is linked to the increased costs of developing testing strategies tailored to these operators’ set ups.

There will also be a number of other technical changes to the fee structure including the replacement of ‘number of premises’ with gross gambling yield as the basis for fee categories across a number of licences and the sub-division of various fee categories to make sure that the Commission’s costs are recovered through fees on a fairer basis.

These changes are expected to take effect from April 2017.

Out and About

December hearings included new licence applications and variations, as well as meetings for various clients up and down the country. It was also the season of festive celebrations and various events were attended. Thank you to all our guests who joined us for various drinks and dinners throughout the month. We look forward to working with you all throughout 2017. 

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

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