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National Licensing Week should celebrate licensees tooThis week is National Licensing Week. A week to celebrate everything licensing in the UK and to raise the profile of licensing and the fact that licensing is everywhere and affects everybody.

As a barristers’ chambers that represents the interest of licence holders up and down the country, we have gained a firm understanding of what it takes to run a licensed venue.

Licensees are at the forefront of licensing every day. The contribution of our clients and all the other licensees must not be overlooked during National Licensing Week. It is licensees that are keeping people safe in their licensed venues. Licensees are often subject to very challenging trading conditions and carry huge responsibilities with regards to how they run the venues to comply with various licensing requirements on them. To name only a few:

1. Making sure no one under the age of 18 can buy or be supplied alcohol so to protect children from harm in their venues
2. Making sure they operate in such a way that crime and disorder is kept to, at the very least, an absolute minimum
3. Making sure that people living and working in the vicinity of their venues are not affected by, for example, excessive noise and other issues that may occur
4. The venue itself must be safe and accessible to all

As licensing defence barristers, we know from years of representing licensees, without responsible operators and operators who care about their business and staff, people will not be safe.

During National Licensing Week 2019, we want to thank and honour our clients and licensees around the country for playing their part in making promoting the importance of licensing and good practice in licensing that affects the lives of everyone – whether they are aware of it or not.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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