Sporting success can help to raise pubs’ spirits in 2016

Forthcoming sporting events will provide a welcome opportunity for many pubs to receive a boost in trade according to a local solicitor.

This year, major competitions such as Euro 2016 and the Olympics are taking place alongside the usual high profile events in cricket, rugby, Formula One and athletics.

Many of the events will take place in regular UK trading hours; France, the host of the Euros, has a one-hour time difference and Rio, two hours behind UK time, will host the Olympics.

Samantha Faud (pictured), solicitor in the Leisure and Licensing team at law firm Napthens, said it is worth checking provisions of existing licenses, bearing in mind that later events in both the Euros and Olympics, for instance, could mean these events will run later than normal.

She explained: “It is worth remembering that during significant events, authorities like the police will pay extra attention to licensed premises with more visits and inspections than usual, so it is imperative that licensees are on the ball and compliant.

“Read through conditions carefully. Many premises’ licenses contain conditions that only apply when certain events are taking place and they often focus around football matches. They may require things like door supervisors or plastic glasses.

“If a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) is required to offer more flexibility on timings or to override a condition then make sure to consult with the relevant authorities early and apply for the TEN at least 10 working days before the event.

“The TEN has to be submitted to the council, police and environmental health department unless it is submitted online, and there is a small fee. Remember there is a limit on how many TENs are allowed.

“It’s very important to remember that there are a number of limitations on what TENs allow a venue to do, so for further advice contact a legal advisor early.”

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