We are delighted to be returning to the Hilton Glasgow for the first in our Scots Law 2024 Conference Series, exclusively available to delegates in person on the day.
Our new conference, chaired by Stephen McGowan of TLT LLP, will take an exceptionally practical look at the hands-on application of licensing law, consider the impact of some key recent regulatory developments and discuss what further changes may be on the horizon.
Topics ranging from licence reviews, transfers and policing the night-time economy to managing noise in large outdoor events, short term lets and the decisions taken in some recent key cases will all be covered. The conference will also include a session from the Scottish Government’s Alcohol Harm Prevention Policy Team.
Stephen will be joined on the speaking panel by Scott Blair of Terra Firma Chambers, Joanna Millar of Anderson Strathern, Inspector Gareth Griffiths of Police Scotland, Lynn Simpson from TLT LLP and Lindsay McIntyre of KSG Acoustics.
What's being covered?
Licensing 101: licence reviews
Continuing his Licensing 101 series, Stephen McGowan will consider: the purpose of licensing reviews; the question of fault; how to establish grounds; the hearing itself; and what happens post-decision.
Stephen McGowan, TLT
Alcohol harm prevention
Speaker from the Scottish Government Alcohol Harm Prevention Policy Team
Review of UK licensing caselaw
Scott will provide an overview of developments in Scottish and relevant English caselaw and will aim to flag up trends in issues raised and arguments made. In particular he will consider: civic including taxi and private hire cases; short term lets, HMOs and landlord registration; and some miscellaneous matters, including animal welfare.
Scott Blair, Terra Firma Chambers
Licensing, partnerships and policing the night-time economy
The importance of partnership working in driving improvement in the night-time economy.
Inspector Gareth Griffiths, Police Scotland
Rock and roll ain’t noise pollution
This talk explores the role of acoustic consultants in live music events in Scotland, and how they can assist you and your clients to secure optimal conditions for a successful event. Pulling together interactions with promoters, licencing lawyers, Local Authority officers, audio engineers, production and artists, we will examine the process from concept to show day, highlighting the opportunities for shaping the event from conditions relating to off-site noise limits and hours of operation, through to site layout and audio design, as well as securing the potential for future editions. We will also look at the implications of the agent of change principle and the future of large scale events in an ever changing landscape.
Lindsay McIntyre, KSG Acoustics
Short term let regulations – the early experiences
Joanna Millar, Anderson Strathern
Transfers – what can go wrong?
A practical look at the complexities of premises licence transfers and what can go wrong. This session will also consider how the mechanics of licence transfers can affect property transactions and look at possible solutions to avoid these issues.