Latest News

04 Jun 2019

Gambling - Industry Figures, May 2019

The Gambling Commission has recently published industry statistics for the period October 2017 – September 2018.  The statistics which are published twice a year (in May and November) and provide the latest information on each sector re...

03 Jun 2019

Ban on polystyrene food boxes may be coming...

Takeaway boxes and cups made from expanded polystyrene are proposed to be banned as the Government targets rarely recycled plastic that ends up in incinerators and landfill sites.The ban will force thousands of takeaway food outlets to use packa...

24 May 2019

Sale of plastic straws and drink stirrers

On Tuesday Michael Gove, the Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced the government’s response to a consultation on a potential ban on sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds.The government will introduce...

21 May 2019

Scotland – Licensing (Personal Licences: Supplemental and Transitional Provision) (Scotland) Order 2019

The snappily titled Licensing (Personal Licences: Supplemental and Transitional Provision) (Scotland) Order 2019 was laid before the Scottish Parliament yesterday with a view to it coming into force on 30 June 2019.As many Scottish personal lice...

17 May 2019

Food Safety: Judge reminds operators duty of care they owe to customers with allergies

This week, a Court of Appeal case has once again given a timely reminder to operators of their duty of care to customers with allergies.In Kuddus v R. [2019] EWCA Crim 837 (16 May 2019), which concerned a takeaway owner who was jailed for the ma...

17 May 2019

Durham - Licensing Policy

Durham County Council has recently closed their consultation on their new proposed licensing statement for the next 5 years.  The Policy which covers the entire County has been recently criticised by Durham City’s Labour MP, Dr. Roberta...