Trading Standards Inspections

Trading Standards Officers make regular disguise visits to licensed premises to check that everything is above board. The problem for bar managers is that is even if you are meticulous in your devotion to best practice, it is still easy to fall under suspicion of wrongdoing.

One common example is the Evaporation of slow moving spirits. If a bottle is hanging around at the back of a bar for a long time, it can end up with less alcohol by volume (ABV) than it should have, which could then trigger a trading standards investigation.

If you are suspected of Watering Down drinks, serving smaller measures or passing off counterfeit booze as the real thing you should contact us immediately as you could end up facing Criminal Prosecution and a licence review.

As one of the largest specialist licensing solicitors in the UK, we can represent you in front of the authorities and help minimise any potential damage to your licence.


Criminal Prosecution

Proceeding undertaken in a proper Court on behalf of the public with the prupose of convicting guilty defendants and dispensing appropriate punishment.


The changing of a liquid into a gas, often under the influence of heat.

Premises Licence

A licence issued pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003 or Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 as appropriate, authorising a defined area to be used for one or more licensable activity.

Sheriff's Court

Local court service in Scotland, with each court serving a sheriff court district within a sheriffdom, deals with a range of cases including civil cases, equivalent to a county court.

Trading Standards Officers

Act of behalf of businesses and members of the public enforcing laws concerning commerce and services.

Watering Down

Making an alcoholic beverage weaker by adding water or another solvent to it.