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2nd Edition

Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing Law

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ISBN 9780415422901
Published April 25, 2008 by Routledge-Cavendish
1024 Pages

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Book Description

This comprehensive and authoritative guide to licensing law is co-authored by the UK’s only professor of licensing law and two eminent licensing practitioners. It provides a detailed exposition and contextual analysis of the legal provisions governing the licensing of alcohol and entertainment under the Licensing Act 2003, encompassing both the legislative and decision-making framework of the Act as well as its implications for human rights.

Fully updated and revised, it covers the various forms of authorization for licensable activities and licence and certificate conditions that might be attached as well as the enforcement and appeal provisions of the Act. This new edition, building on the highly acclaimed original work published in 2005, includes subsequent legislative changes and case law decisions.

New additions to this edition include:

  • expanded coverage of enforcement provisions and police powers
  • a revised and extended chapter on appeals, in light of the practical and procedural developments that have evolved in the appeal process
  • amendments to existing regulations and the revised Statutory Guidance issued in 2007.

This book is essential reading for all local authorities, legal advisers, licensing policy advisors, operators and the police as well as those applying for licences.



Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Licensing Act 2003.  2. Procedural and decision-making Framework.  3. Licensing and Human Rights.  4. Licensing Objectives, Statements of Policy and Secretary of State’s Guidance.  5. Licensable Activities: the Scope of Control.  6. Premises Licences.  7. Conditions.  8. Clubs and Club Premises Certificates.  9. Temporary Activities: temporary event notices.  10. Personal Licences.  11. Enforcement.  12. Appeals.  Appendix 1: Licensing Act 2003.  Appendix 2: Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/42.  Appendix 3: Licensing Act 2003 (Personal Licence) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/41.  Appendix 4: Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/44.  Appendix 5: Licensing Act 2003 (Licensing authority’s register) (other information) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/43.  Appendix 6: Licensing Act 2003 (Fees) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/79.  Appendix 7: Licensing Act 2003 (Permitted Temporary Activities) (Notices) Order 2005, SI 2005/2918.  Appendix 8: Licensing Act 2003 (Persistent Selling of Alcohol to Children) (Prescribed Form of Closure Notice) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/1183.  Appendix 9: Table of Fees.  Appendix 10: Table of Offences.  Appendix 11: Secretary of State’s Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, June 2007.  Appendix 12: Guidance issued by DCMS on Police Powers to Close Premises under the Licensing Act 2003, June 2007.  13. Licensing Act 2003 as amended by the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

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Colin Manchester is Professor of Licensing Law at the University of Warwick and a Consultant to Poppleston Allen, Licensing Solicitors, Nottingham. Susanna Poppleston, Solicitor, and Jeremy Allen, Solicitor, are Founding Partners of Poppleston Allen, Licensing Solicitors, Nottingham.


"... a treasure trove of scholarship for the licensing practitioner... throughly recommended for all those involved in alcohol and entertainment licensing." - Roy Light, Solicitors' Journal, April 2008

"This second edition of what has rapidly become the leading textbook on the subject is considerably larger than its predecessor... Certain chapters have been re-written and a considerable amount of material added to bring the volume up to nearly 1000 pages... Issues of practical importance are raised in many different areas... with the excellence of the presentation and the clarity of the progression [running] through all the new elements of the law. The attention to detail and accuracy are remarkable and the newly-added appendices are far-ranging enough to make this a reference volume in its own right." - Licensing Review, April/May 2008