Jeremy Allen Award 2015 - Nominations now open »

We are delighted to continue the Jeremy Allen Award, now in its 5th year, in partnership with Poppleston Allen Solicitors.

This award is open to anyone working in licensing and related fields and seeks to recognise and award exceptional practitioners.    Crucially, this award is by 3rd party nomination, which in itself is a tribute to the nominee in that they have been put forward by colleagues in recognition and out of respect to their professionalism and achievements.

Nominations for the 2015 award are invited by 3rd parties by no later than 11th September 2015.  The criteria are available via the link below and we look forward to receiving nominations from you.  Please email nominations to info@instituteoflicensing.org  and confirm that the nominee is aware and happy to be put forward.

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ECJ Advocate General to deliver opinion on Scottish MUP

Published Date: 27/Aug/2015

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will make public his opinion on the Scottish Government’s legislation to introduce a Minimum Unit Price (MUP) for Alcohol next week.
Guildford Borough Council grants one of the first SEV licences in Surrey

Published Date: 27/Aug/2015

Guildford Borough Council Licensing Sub-Committee today resolved to grant Star Oyster Limited a Sex Entertainment Venue (“SEV”) licence for its new premises on Bridge Street in Guildford town centre.
New licensing powers proposed in the Immigration Bill

Published Date: 25/Aug/2015

The Government has announced new licensing powers as part of its latest Immigration Bill.

IoL Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions (Licensing Act 2003)

Published Date: 18/Jun/2015

The Institute of Licensing is consulting members and stakeholders about its draft Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions for the Licensing Act 2003. 

The project was a response to the legacy of the Licensing Act transition, and the continuing inconsistency in the approach to licence conditions, illustrated through licences overloaded with conditions, together with unenforceable and inappropriate conditions.

In undertaking the project, the IoL aims to provide clear guidance to all parties on the proper and effective use of conditions, with guiding principles and precedent conditions designed to provide appropriate wording of conditions that can be individually considered for inclusion on a premises licence where it is appropriate to do so.

In order to start the project, we asked for sample conditions and operating schedules, and we received a huge amount of information as a result for which we are grateful. 

The depth of work involved in getting to this stage has illustrated to the working group (Myles Bebbington, James Button, Gary Grant and Sue Nelson) the importance of the project and we value your input in helping us to fine-tune and review the final version.

James Button, one of the Working Group and Institute President said:

'Our aim is to make the drafting and application of conditions easier for practitioners, leading to a degree of clarity and consistency on premises licences and club premises certificates across England and Wales. I would encourage everyone with an interest in this to respond via the online survey which will lead to a practical guide being finalised later in the year.'

Details, including the survey link, draft Guidance on Premises Licence Conditions, and a printable copy of the survey can be found here: 

The Survey will close on 30 September 2015, and the IoL will publish its response to the consultation in due course.

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Journal of Licensing

The Institute's Journal of Licensing is published 3 times per annum usually in March, July and November. 

Don't forget that extra copies are available to IoL members at only £10 each (Normal price £70 for 3 copies).  

Get all 11 copies of the JoL (up to and including March 2015) 
ONLY     £25 + 13.50 P&P    IoL Members 
£95 + £13.50 P&P   Non-Members (includes  complimentary membership for 2015/16)

To order your extra copies email orders@instituteoflicensing.org

IoL presents its 4th licensing book »

Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland – A practical guide, by Stephen J McGowan

ISBN - 978-0-9555392-3-7

The IoL is proud to announce its 4th licensing book publication. Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland – A practical guide, written by leading Scottish licensing solicitor and established author Stephen J McGowan.

The book is now available for immediate dispatch. (Delivery normally within 3 working days)

IoL Members - £30.00 + P&P
Non Members - £40.00 + P&P

Institute Publications »

In addition to the Journal of Licensing, the Institute is proud to be able to offer a range of key licensing  publications including:

  • Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration (2nd Edition) General Editor Philip Kolvin QC
  • Sex Licensing  - Philip Kolvin QC     ISBN 978-0-9555392-2-0
  • Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment

We are currently offering a special purchase price for multiple purchases.  Further details can be found on our publications page.

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