The Scottish Beer & Pub Association, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, UKHospitality (Scotland), the Scottish Hospitality Group and the Night Time Industries Association Scotland are challenging the Scottish Government’s restrictions on the licensed trade.
The Scottish Government has been served with the pre action letter challenging the legal basis of recent restrictive legislation relating to the hospitality sector passed by the Scottish Parliament. The letter follows receipt of an Opinion from Aidan O’Neill QC on the merits of proceeding with Judicial Review of the legislation and the actions of the Scottish Government.
The letter itself sets out the legal basis for proposed Judicial Review. It makes specific calls on the Scottish Government which include withdrawal of current regulations; entering into meaningful consultation with the sector; and cessation of reliance on certain emergency procedures which avoid any prior Parliamentary involvement or discussion.