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Hospitality industry threatens legal action over coronavirus measures The hospitality industry is threatening to take legal steps to prevent local lockdown rules that threaten to close pubs, clubs and bars. The BBC is reporting the Night Time Industries Association claim that there is no evidence that hospitality is contributing to the spread of coronavirus and that legal action is now the industry's only option. The legal action could take the form of an application to court for judicial review. The government is already...

Reform of pub companies Even prior to the last recession the inclusion of supply ties in pub leases had been controversial, especially as a result of the growth of pub owning companies. Such worries have been combined with other concerns about the fairness of the relationships between pub owning companies and their tenants. Following an earlier report in 2004, the House of Commons Business and Enterprise Committee considered in 2009 that supply ties operated by pub companies may well be anti-competitive...

European Community food safety laws came into force sometime ago. The legislation introduced a “farm to fork” approach to food safety by including primary production (farmers and growers) in food hygiene legislation for the first time in the majority of cases. If you operate a catering or food business, or are planning to start one, you must register all of your premises with the environmental health service before you use your premises. The premises will need to be approved if...

Slee Blackwell’s Commercial Department takes a look at the legal implications of the new smoking ban. On 1 July 2007 the Health Act 2006 came into force with the aim of creating smoke-free places and protecting people from the harmful effects of secondary smoke. The statutory smoking ban applies to all “enclosed” and “substantially enclosed” premises. So, if you are responsible for running a restaurant, a pub, a shop, an office or any other regulated premises you need to know exactly...

The smoking ban The much talked about smoking ban will come into force on 1 st July 2007. From this date no smoking will be allowed in offices, factories, shops, pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs, public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person. Even previously allocated smoking rooms will not be allowed under the new legislation. In basic terms anyone who wishes to smoke in a public place must go outside. Whilst the ban is just over 5 months...