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Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors Blog

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.
In our first blog  looking at personal licence renewals we predicted a meltdown. Six months have now passed and there is at least a little good news. The Scottish Government reckons that around 25,000 licences are due to expire on 31 August 2019
  Running your own business as a street trader can be a far more complicated affair than the average person would think. Aside from the usual challenges that a business owner will face, you will need to apply for a street trader’s licence under
Two weeks ago the Granite City ushered in a change which will come to mean that its pubs benefit from the longest hours in Scotland. The 2018-2023 Policy Statement of the Aberdeen City Licensing Board was approved on Tuesday which affords all on-sale
We are delighted to have been ranked again as Tier 1 in The Legal 500 (Licensing) and Band 1 in the 2018 Chambers Guide. For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive res
In recent months the run-up to the first round of personal licence renewals has whipped up an unprecedented storm in the licensing world: an application window that could prove to be too short, no safety net even for those who apply on time and a rea
In a recent blog we flagged concerns that applications to renew over 50,000 personal licences threatened to swamp Licensing Boards’ resources - a tsunami that could wash away thousands of licences and result in business closures.
A diabetic Belfast woman has been awarded £2,000 compensation after security staff at a concert confiscated her bottle of fizzy juice. Kayla Hanna, who was 18 at the time of the incident, was carrying Lucozade to provide glucose in the event that her blood sugar levels dropped.
An estimated 50,000 - 60,000 personal licences issued under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) require to be renewed no later than 31 August next year. That deadline may seem comfortably far away. But licensing lawyers, trainers and Licensing Board clerks are already predicting a meltdown that could lead to business closures throughout the country.
Audrey Junner and Jack Cummins will be contributing to The Big Licensing Conference 2018 on Friday 1st June in Glasgow. For more details and to purchase tickets, please click here .
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the press lately you will be aware that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) is to come into effect in Scotland on 1 st May this year. This has been a long time coming, having first been tabled over ten years ago. A legal chall
A restaurant owner caught hosting a lock-in for an Old Firm match has recently had his alcohol licence revoked , sparking a conversation about legal responsibilities for personal licensing . The following scenarios have been posed to us on previous o
West Dunbartonshire Licensing Board’s overprovision policy for the period from 2013 -2016 - essentially a development of their policy for the preceding three-year period - identified a locality, comprising 17 sub-localities, considered to be “overpro