Licensing

Is your local under threat of closure?

The Localism Act 2011 could help save your local pub!  It transfers power from central government to a local authority level and involves individuals, communities and local councils. This Act gives the right to bid for and purchase local land that...

Live music and licenses

Historically pubs have provided an opportunity for musicians to develop their careers by playing live music, although this was limited as venues were only permitted to put on a performance of acoustic music by no more than two musicians at a time without...

When the going gets tough, the tough get restructuring

Tougher economic environments often see a greater amount of restructuring within businesses, including a demerger. There are a number of reasons why a company may want to demerge: - to unlock shareholder value (sometimes enabling an exit by one party); - to...

Your business property. It does not have to cost the earth

David Rayner, partner from Birkett Long’s Commercial Property Team discusses the “big themes” that are likely to affect commercial premises during 2012. From the perspective of both landlords/investors on the one hand and tenants/occupiers...

Lawyers have a lot on their plate!

Commercial property experts at Birkett Long LLP have just helped the largest restaurant in the UK open its doors to hungry diners. With an amazing 1,000 covers, Za Za Bazaar estimates it will serve over 2,000 people every day.  A downstairs bar seats...

Calling all significant electricity users - Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme: Are You Prepared?

Introduction On 1 April 2010, the new UK-wide compulsory Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (‘the Scheme’) came into force under powers contained in the Climate Change Act 2008. The Scheme is administered by the Environment...

Newspaper defeats libel claim using E-Commerce Regulations

In a recent case against regional newspaper publisher, Newsquest Media Group, the High Court upheld the publisher’s right not to be responsible for comments posted by users on an online article because it had acted quickly in taking them down. The...

Counterfeits can be destroyed if importer does not object

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has changed customs law to allow the destruction of suspected counterfeit goods without the brand owner initiating court proceedings. The amendment to the rules has arisen following criticism of a requirement...