Author Archives: Stephen McGowan

About Stephen McGowan

Leading Scottish licensing solicitor at TLT. Chairman of BII Scotland.

Blogs and Books

Licensing friends, please note that blogging activity will be somewhat restricted for a while as I knuckle down on work for my new book, a successor title to Licensing and Gambling Law in Scotland (2009). This new legal textbook will … Continue reading

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Never Mind the Buzzkills? Inaudibility, Licensing and Edinburgh’s Live Music scene

ON THE CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE THE SO-CALLED INAUDIBILITY CONDITION, LIVE MUSIC IN LICENSED PREMISES AND THE SOMETIMES COMPETING RIGHTS OF RESIDENTS AND MUSICIANS Every single on sales licensed premises (and by that I mean pubs, bars and clubs, but not … Continue reading

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Is Minimum Pricing Lawful? It Depends.

After the judgement of the ECJ on minimum unit pricing (‘MUP’) was issued yesterday, there followed a litany of headlines and commentary which betrayed a truism when considering the impact of nuanced legal precedent:  whilst both sides yet again claimed … Continue reading

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UK Immigration Bill and Scottish Licensing

ON THE UK GOVERNMENT IMMIGRATION BILL, FROM A SCOTTISH LICENSING PERSPECTIVE I have read with interest the licensing provisions contained within the new UK Parliament Immigration Bill. The Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons on 17 … Continue reading

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MacAskill Calls for More Licensing Law Reforms

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE COLUMN WRITTEN BY KENNY MacASKILL FOR THE “AGENDA” SECTION IN THE HERALD, MONDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2015, AND AN UNINTENDED DIP INTO LICENSING HISTORY I read with interest an article by former Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill MSP and reportage contained … Continue reading

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Martin McColl Ltd v Aberdeen City Licensing Board 2015

CASE ANALYSIS OF THE DECISION IN MARTIN McCOLL LTD v ABERDEEN CITY LICENSING BOARD, ABERDEEN SHERIFF COURT, 26 AUGUST 2015 I am grateful to Jack Cummins for sending me a copy of this recent and as yet unreported licensing appeal. … Continue reading

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The Scottish Mail on Sunday and Linear Pricing of Alcohol

SOME COMMENTS ON A RECENT SCOTTISH MAIL ON SUNDAY ARTICLE: “THE BARGAIN BOOZE BONANZA”, AND LINEAR PRICING OF ALCOHOL PROMOTIONS IN SCOTLAND I was interested to read the Mail on Sunday article entitled “The Bargain Booze Bonanza” published on 2 … Continue reading

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