14 January, 2011
A Licensing Expert at Forbes Solicitors is welcoming the news that pubs and clubs can stay open longer to celebrate The Royal Wedding on 29 April.
The Government has confirmed that pubs and clubs can stay open longer to celebrate William and Kate's wedding. Pubs and clubs are allowed to sell alcohol and have live and recorded music, dancing, plays and films to continue until 1.00am on 29 and 30 April. And if that wasn't enough - permission from the licensing authorities is not required!
Although this is certainly cause for a double celebration, Adam Bromley, Licensing Expert in the specialist Hospitality Team at Forbes Solicitors warns proprietors of pubs and clubs to still be mindful of the controversial changes on licensing reform, "This news is a welcome boost to the hospitality industry however there are many areas where landlords need to tread carefully, for example the ban on "irresponsible" drinks promotions which came into force in April last year. Further proposals, including the £20,000 fine for underage sales and the introduction of the late night levy are expected to be finalised by MP's in the coming future."
In the meantime, hats at the ready!