On the 10th March 2014 certain provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 is due to come into force that will made amendments to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (“ROA”).


A number of licensing regimes relies on the provisions of the ROA to determine whether an applicant qualifies for a licence – for example the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to personal licences and Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.


Procedural defects does not automatically render proceedings invalid – High CourtIt was reported today that the High Court found, in the case of R (D&D Bar Services Ltd) v Romford Magistrates Court and the London Borough of Redbridge [2014] EWHC 213 Admin, that procedural defects do not automatically render licence review proceedings invalid.  This is the first time the High Court has considered this recurring point in the context of the Licensing Act 2003.


LA2003 Locally Set Fees Consultation PublishedThe Home Office has finally launched its consultation on locally set fees under the Licensing Act 2003 today.

This consultation invites views on a number of specific aspects of the regulations that will introduce locally-set fees under the 2003 Act. These are:

We have added a number of new licensing jobs on Licensing Resource this week!

LGA Publish Guidance on Locally Set FeesThe LGA has published its long awaited guidance on locally set fees.

The stated aim of the document is to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.

LGA Call for Comprehensive Licensing Law ReformThe Local Government Association launched it vision for licensing reform at its annual licensing conference today (4/2/14).

Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013: Compliance and enforcement guideThe Local Government Association has published a compliance and enforcement guide to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.


Banning the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT Document Published The Home Office today published its guidance document on banning the sale of alcohol below the cost of duty plus VAT. 


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