The @LicensingLaws Library


The following is a selection of various articles (available online) I have written over the years together with relevant news items – the @LicensingLaws library. I have decided to rank these in chronological order, most recent first. Enjoy and as ever please feel free to contact me should you wish to discuss any of the issues raised in these articles.

“Committee listens to Bill concerns”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 8 January 2015

“Alcohol licence spells a dry Christmas in Scotland”
Better Retailing, 15 December 2014

“MSPs consider licensing legislation”
The Courier, 10 December 2014

“Half of Senior Licensed Trade in Tourism Hotspots Face Alcohol Sales Ban”
The Herald, 4 December 2014

“The Importance of Demonstrable Due Diligence in relation to Criminal Liability”
Scottish Legal News, 2 September 2014, also featured at the Scots Law Blog on 10 September 2014.

“Police Scotland and Licensing”
The Firm, 31 August 2014

“Thousands of licences at risk in Scotland under training rule”
Bar Magazine, 1 August 2014

“Updates in Licensing Policy”
The CAMRA Glasgow Guzzler, Summer 2014

“Bill fails to plug licensing gaps”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 26 June 2014

“Diligent Approach can protect licence”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 1 May 2014

“Casino Licensing in the UK”, 4 April 2014

“Partnership work can benefit Trade”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 6 February 2014

“One Person’s Entertainment”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 8 January 2014

“Opinion: Public Pressure and Betting Shops”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 16 December 2013.

“Is this the end of the road for Personal Licences?”
Scottish Local Retailer, 6 November 2013

“Last chance for a Lapdance in Scotland?”
The Skinny, 30 October 2013

“Further legislative change on the Horizon”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 19 September 2013.

“Value your Licence”
Online here: The DRAM, 21 August 2013, and hard copy here: TheDramAugust2013.

“Licensed to Thrill”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, August 2013

“Agenda: We should not criticise licensees for operating to the letter of the law”
The Herald, 12 July 2013

“Primary Authority Plan Welcomed”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 11 July 2013

“Licensing in Scotland is an Endless Circle of Reform”
Propel, 5 July 2013

“Long Arm of the Law Tightens Grip on Trade”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 27 June 2013

“Trade should know its Rights to Refuse”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 16 June 2013

“Holding Court on Alcohol Sales”
Scottish Local Retailer, June 2013

“Sunday Licensing – Time for a Change”
Pints of View

“Actions appear at odds with the Act”
The Scotsman, 22 April 2013

“Fears of two tier system after LIDL case”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 18 April 2013

“Don’t Forget your Refresher Training”
Scottish Local Retailer, March 2013

[VIDEO] “An Introduction to BII Scotland”
BII Scotland, via Youtube, 22 February 2013

“Homing in on pizza and beer”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 24 January 2013

“Your good health? The heady cocktail of laws and libations”
The Scotsman, 21 January 2013

“Scots’ Licensing Reviewed Again”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 10 January 2013

“McGowan takes Chair at BII Scotland”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 10 January 2013

“Holding Court on the Issues 2013 will bring”
[on the Single Police force]
The Scotsman, 7 January 2013

“Holyrood proposes more Drink Rules”
Scottish Grocer, January 2013

“New face at The Inn”
The Scotsman, 31 December 2012

“McGowan appointed BII Chair”
Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 20 December 2012

“UK Bill to protect gamblers but tax is real motivation”
WOGLR Dec 2012

“Stats shouldn’t Cloud Real Issues”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 20 September 2012
See also leader comment, here.

“Refreshing the Programme”
Scottish Grocer, September 2012

“All in it to Win it, but Wrangle will leave Winners and Losers”
The Scotsman, 3 September 2012

“Licence Extension for Multi-million pound Luxury Hotel”
East Lothian Courier, 3 September 2012

“Case Analysis: Tesco Licensing Decisions Recognises Human Error”
Scottish Legal News, 27 August 2012

“Here’s to Your Health”
Guzzler August 2012

“No Place for Crimes of Past”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 9 August 2012

“Don’t Dabble with Drinks”
Scottish Grocer, July 2012

“The View: Minimum Pricing”
Eat Out Magazine, June 2012

“Caffeine Ban – could it Happen?”
Scottish Grocer, June 2012

“Alcohol Measures: One Part Confusion with a Dash of Dogma”
The Scotsman, 28 May 2012

“Edinburgh’s Tourist Tax Plan”
Caterer & Hotelkeeper, 24 May 2012

“Football Bigotry Legislation “irrelevant””
The Firm, 24 May 2012

“Sunday boost for City Pubs”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 3 May 2012

“Cases Case Doubt on Board Moves”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 23 April 2012

“Alcohol Gets a Health Kick”
Caterer & Hotelkeeper, 11 April 2012

“How the Government Lost 2242 Licences”
The Firm, 2 April 2012

“The Law of Unintended Consequences: Scotland’s new Public Entertainment Licensing Regime”
[Last Years Girl], 9 March 2012

“Stores count cost of Liquor Licence rules”
The Herald, 7 March 2012

“Tax Threat to Quiz Machines”
The Herald, 23 February 2012

“Licensing Law Change Puts ‘Nail in the Coffin’ for Trade”
The Firm, 23 February 2012

“Fears Artists could quit Glasgow over Licensing Law”
The Herald, 18 February 2012

“Scottish Licensing Board’s Conducting Illegal Enforcement Visits”
Scottish Legal News, 16 February 2012

“Glasgow’s Art Scene Strikes Back”
The Firm, 14 February 2012

“Should Fans Enjoy a Pint at the Game?”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 10 February 2012

“Top Totty Conjures Images of Dorothy Goodbody”
The Scotsman, 6 February 2012

“Rogue Licensees are an Easy Target”
The Herald, 30 January 2012

“The Future is Brightcrew?”
Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, January 2012

“New Tax may be a Game Changer”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 12 January 2012

“New Tax could mean Game Over for Pub Quiz Machines”
Scottish Legal News, 19 December 2011

“Gambling Law Review may Raise Stakes”
Scottish Legal News, 8 December 2011

“Should we take it to the Min?”
The Firm, 29 November 2011

“No Softly Softly Approach”
The DRAM, November 2011

“Judgement confirms ‘Wider Discretion’ for Licensing Boards
Scottish Legal News, 14 November 2011

“Early Licence for Boozy Bar”
Edinburgh Evening News, 4 November 2011

“Pub Group Brings Club to bring All That Jazz to City”
Edinburgh Evening News, 1 November 2011

“Anti-sectarian laws could hit Pubs”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 13 October 2011

“Perverse Consequences show MSPs lack of understanding over licensing”
The Firm, 30 September 2011

“Rush to beat ban on Cheap Alcohol”
Daily Express, 30 September 2011

“Tesco move to beat new Alcohol Laws”
The Herald, 30 September 2011

“New Rules on Alcohol Advertising have Unintended Consquences”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 29 September 2011

“Licensees urged to hold back PPL payments”
The DRAM, 12 August 2011

“Two Fag Ladies”
The Daily Record, 11 August 2011

“Beer Drinking – The Third Way”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 4 August 2011

“Lungs Eleven as bingo hall installs Smoking Shelter”
Deadline News, 4 August 2011

“Trade slams PPL licence hike plan”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 3 August 2011

“Cough up for Outdoor Bingo”
Edinburgh Evening News, 3 August 2011

“Lawyer Fears Impact of PPL Copyright Licence Fee Hike”
Scottish Legal News, 26 July 2011

“Lap-dance Appeal to Curb Board Powers?”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 21 July 2011

“New Measure of Beer in October”
The DRAM, 12 July 2011

“Lap Dancing decision reveals more than Expected”
The DRAM, 18 July 2011

“Lottery Machines could be worth a Punt for Operators”
Scottish Licensed Trade News, 25 May 2011

“Call to ban Garage Alcohol sales ‘Bizarre'”
Scottish Legal News, 7 April 2011

“Charities Lose Music Licence Exemption”
Third Force News, March 2011

“Rage Against the Machine?”
Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, February 2011

“New Nightclub for the Fair City”
Perthshire Advertiser, 8 February 2011

“MSPs Call Time on Bar Staff Drinking After Work”
Scottish Legal News, 6 July 2010

“Q&A: Scotland’s new Night Time Food Licence”
Retail Week, 11 June 2010

“U-turn over Garden Centre Licence”
Aberdeen Press & Journal, 2 June 2010

“A Place at the Top Table”
The Firm, 22 February 2010

“Widespread Confusion over New Licensing Laws”
Scottish Legal News, 12 October 2009

“Last Orders for Scotland?”
The Firm, 9 October 2009

“New Game, New Rules”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, June 2009

“Comment: Stephen McGowan on Licensing”
Scottish Legal News, 19 June 2009

“Pub Games Reborn”
The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, October 2007


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