UK Supreme Court approves minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

November 27, 2017

On the 15th November 2017 the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement on the Scottish Government’s plans to implement a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol in Scotland. The court ruled in favour of the Scottish Government’s plan making Scotland the first country in the world to implement a MUP.  The Supreme Court’s decision … Continue reading UK Supreme Court approves minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland

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Huge gamble to be taken on Northern Ireland’s first casino?

November 24, 2017

Despite much talk and consultation over the years, casinos remain banned in Northern Ireland. Gambling is a transferred matter for the purposes of the NI Act 1998 and is currently regulated in Northern Ireland by The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. Belfast is the only major city in the UK that … Continue reading Huge gamble to be taken on Northern Ireland’s first casino?

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Are you ready to renew your liquor licence this September 2017?

May 5, 2017

This Summer 2017 marks the quinquennial anniversary of liquor licensing renewals for all licences in Northern Ireland. Whether you hold a pub, off-licence, restaurant, hotel or conference centre licence, all licences must be renewed by September 2017. The Licensing (NI) Order 1996 sets the requirement that every five years all licences must be renewed. A … Continue reading Are you ready to renew your liquor licence this September 2017?

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Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2016

December 20, 2016

The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 regulates the sale of alcohol within Northern Ireland and sets out trading hours for the various categories of licence. It is important to note that at Christmas the licensing hours vary from normal trading hours. In terms of Christmas trading hours the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 sets down a … Continue reading Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2016

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Change to law on gambling in Northern Ireland – What are the odds?

September 27, 2016

Advances in technology and changing social trends have seen certain forms of gambling increase in popularity as they have become more accessible to the general public. Gambling is a transferred matter for the purposes of the NI Act 1998 and is currently regulated in Northern Ireland by The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) … Continue reading Change to law on gambling in Northern Ireland – What are the odds?

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Progress on change to licensing laws in Northern Ireland

September 20, 2016

Yesterday,  Communities Minister Paul Givan introduced a liquor licensing Bill in the Assembly. This follows a public consultation in 2012 to garner public opinion on proposed changes to the laws regulating the sale of alcohol in Northern Ireland. The consultation attracted over 2,500 responses from a wide range of stakeholders including those who run or … Continue reading Progress on change to licensing laws in Northern Ireland

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The Licensing Bill – Outdoor Stadia

May 10, 2016

The Licensing Bill has been introduced to the Assembly to make provision for the granting of licences to authorise the sale of intoxicating liquor at outdoor stadia. The Bill is currently progressing through the legislative process within the Assembly and is now awaiting Royal Assent, having completed the Final Stage in March 2016. Currently in … Continue reading The Licensing Bill – Outdoor Stadia

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Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2015

December 16, 2015

The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 regulates the sale of alcohol within Northern Ireland and sets out trading hours for the various categories of licence. It is important to note that at Christmas the licensing hours vary from normal trading hours. In terms of Christmas trading hours the Licensing (NI) Order 1996 sets down a … Continue reading Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2015

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Consultation on alcohol and outdoor stadia

October 22, 2015

In October 2015 Judith Cochrane MLA launched a consultation paper on possible proposed changes to Northern Ireland liquor licensing law to enable applications for liquor licences to be made for outdoor stadia of regional or national importance. This is a consultation in respect of a proposal to change a specific aspect of the liquor licensing … Continue reading Consultation on alcohol and outdoor stadia

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NICA decision on Glenavon House Hotel Breach of Licensing Laws

The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal has upheld a decision of the District Court in a recent case regarding the liquor licensing laws in Northern Ireland which restrict the presence of children on premises where alcohol is sold or consumed. The Glenavon House Hotel was found to be in breach of the licensing laws thereby … Continue reading NICA decision on Glenavon House Hotel Breach of Licensing Laws

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Licensing Of Pavement Cafés in Northern Ireland – An update

August 3, 2015

Background Pavement cafés are common in numerous cities and towns across the United Kingdom and Ireland, despite the inclement weather we experience. In response to prevelance of pavement cafés operating throughout Northern Ireland, the Department for Social Development (“DSD”) issued a consultation paper in December 2010 regarding the licensing of pavement cafés. The phenomenon of such pavement cafés in … Continue reading Licensing Of Pavement Cafés in Northern Ireland – An update

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Let Me Entertain You – A Review of the Entertainment Licensing System

July 10, 2015

In May 2015 the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan announced a public consultation to review the entertainment licensing regime in Northern Ireland. The current regime has been in place since 1985 and in July 2014 the Minister launched a review of the regime and invited representatives from the entertainment industry, Councils, the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Fire … Continue reading Let Me Entertain You – A Review of the Entertainment Licensing System

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Reform of Street Trading Laws 2014

December 5, 2014

Following recent consultation the current legislation on Street Trading is due to change with implementation of the new legislation expected to take place in 2015. The consultation was published in 2012 with the UK Government and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, with the Minister for Social Development in Northern Ireland publishing his response in November … Continue reading Reform of Street Trading Laws 2014

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Licensing Of Pavement Cafés in Northern Ireland

August 15, 2014

Background Pavement cafés are common in numerous cities and towns across the United Kingdom and Ireland, despite the inclement weather we experience. In response to prevelance of pavement cafés operating throughout Northern Ireland, the Department for Social Development (“DSD”) issued a consultation paper in December 2010 regarding the licensing of pavement cafés. The phenomenon of such pavement cafés in … Continue reading Licensing Of Pavement Cafés in Northern Ireland

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The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

September 3, 2012

New legislation and proof of age scheme came into effect on 1 May 2012 to combat underage drinking and introduced a new penalty points system for breaking the law. The proof of age scheme specifies for the first time, acceptable proof-of-age documentation for licensed premises and registered clubs. Establishments will be required to display notices describing offences relating … Continue reading The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

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The Joint Industry Code for the Responsible Promotion and Retail of Alcohol in NI 2012

The Code was launched on 23rd May 2012 and has been followed by a three month adjustment period to allow the industry to adapt to the new measures. The Code will come into full effect from 1st September 2012. The Code has been produced on a voluntary basis to indicate that the industry can self-regulate and applies to … Continue reading The Joint Industry Code for the Responsible Promotion and Retail of Alcohol in NI 2012

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Review of Northern Ireland Gambling Legislation

October 5, 2009

On 23 September 2009 Margaret Ritchie, the Minister for Social Development announced her plans to commence a review of Northern Ireland’s gambling laws. Currently in Northern Ireland any gambling (excluding the National Lottery) is regulated by the Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (Northern Ireland) Order 1985. The Minister considers this legislation to be “old, inflexible and hard to … Continue reading Review of Northern Ireland Gambling Legislation

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