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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.
The Theatres Act 1968 was repealed on the 27 January 2021. The Act, which provided a mandatory licensing regime for premises used for the public performance of plays, has not been replaced with new legislation. Rather, due to an amendment of the Civi
 All information contain within this update is accurate at the time of publication. During these unprecedented times where the situation is constantly changing at pace it is vital that you take expert advice where necessary. Please do not hesita
In the current climate, we know that many businesses in the hospitality, retail and leisure industry are facing financial difficulties and unfortunately for some it may lead to insolvency. It is important for all businesses and individuals which may
Jack Cummins, licensing expert from Miller Samuel Hill Brown and SLLP discusses licensing during an unprecedented crisis. In a new topical discussion with Hey Legal, he answers the following:1. What are the most pressing issues you and your clie
The Chancellor has announced that the previously announced Job Support Scheme (see our previous blog on this) will be expanded to support UK businesses required to close due to government coronavirus restrictions.This means that businesses whose prem
As the Scottish Government eases some of the lockdown restrictions, businesses in the hospitality sector have been able to open outdoor areas, such as beer gardens, from the 6th July 2020 and indoor areas from 15th July. As part of the re-opening the
Two weeks ago the Scottish Government published emergency legislation which gives all personal licence holders some breathing space in relation to renewals and refresher training deadlines.As a result of the Coronavirus (Scotland), Act 2020 personal
Most people will have come across the tantalizing words ‘Bottomless Boozy Brunch’ at some point in their dining out lives. But in Scotland these words amount to nothing more than a catchy marketing ploy as no ‘bottomless’ brunch can be truly unlimite
Short-term property lets (STLs): a boon for the hospitality trade but a blight on communities? A gravy train that looks set to be derailed?Property owners have a number of enticements to enter the market. STLs are an attractive alternative to long-te
Operators in the licensed trade have recently been receiving letters from the Motion Picture Licensing Company Ltd (MPLC) seeking licensing fees for showing film (including television programmes) in public places – i.e. a hotel bar with BBC One on.Th
In our October newsletter, we mentioned that Christmas was approaching (it gets sooner every year…!) and how the licensed trade could take advantage of the increased footfall the festive period brings with it.Following on from that we look now at the
  The dark nights are drawing in and the clocks go back at the end of this month… it can mean only one thing: it is almost Christmas time once again! But what does this time of year mean for the licensed trade?