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From time to time we will post news articles and announcements relating to the firm and to various legal issues that may be of interest to you.

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A radical change in the licensing landscape or just a different view?

There has been some interest over recent weeks surrounding applications for premises licences made by Amazon for their distribution centres in Gourock and Dunfermline. Both of these applications have been successful but not without a great deal of discussion about this apparently revolutionary move in the world of Scottish licensing.

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Minimum Pricing Judgment: What's Round The Corner?

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The Scottish Government’s long-running struggle to implement the Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 has moved a step closer to final victory.

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Coming Up: The 'New' Overprovision

Around the start of the 20th century, the approach of a licensing authority to the “overprovision” of licensed premises was, in current parlance, a “no brainer”. Magistrates enjoyed a more-or-less absolute discretion as to whether a district was “congested” and the granting of a licence was “meet and convenient”.

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Brexit: What next for minimum alcohol pricing?

On 24 June the United Kingdom woke up to an unprecedented political hangover following the referendum decision to leave the European Union - a result that poses intriguing questions as to the future of the Scottish Government’s flagship minimum pricing policy.

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