Stephen McGowan: Phase 2 – no beer, no cheer for hospitality businesses

The introduction of Phase 2 of Scotland's exit from the crisis was welcomed by many. A notable exception, however, was a large number of hospitality businesses, who had been gearing up to re-open outdoor spaces and start to welcome customers back, says Stephen McGowan.

Published 26 June 2020

Janet Hood calls on licensing boards to ‘step up’ during pandemic

A licensing specialist has said local authority licensing boards need to "step up" and support the drinks trade to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, The Courier reports.

Published 13 May 2020

Stephen McGowan: Which leisure and retail businesses can still trade and how?

On 25 March, the Scottish government published new guidance on social distancing for businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak, including which businesses are allowed to remain open during the period of so-called “lockdown”. This comes into effect immediately, writes Stephen McGowan.

Published 26 March 2020

TLT secures emergency licences for small Glasgow breweries

TLT has secured licences for three small independent breweries in Glasgow allowing direct sales to the public.

Published 23 March 2020

Stephen McGowan: Coronavirus and licensing

TLT's licensing teams both in England and Wales and Scotland have answered some key questions on the uncertainty and disruption brought by COVID-19 and the potential impact on licences.

Published 18 March 2020

Stephen McGowan: Guidance on large gatherings in Scotland

Licensing expert Stephen McGowan comments on the guidance issued by the Scottish government on mass gatherings.

Published 17 March 2020

Blog: How COVID-19 could affect premises licence holders

Caroline Loudon and Piers Warne highlight issues premises licence holders should consider as the spread of COVID-19 continues.

Published 13 March 2020

TLT secures licence to relaunch Campus following School of Art fire

TLT has secured a variation to an existing licence on Sauchiehall Street allowing iconic venue Campus to be re-homed.

Published 4 March 2020

Licensing expert warns of ‘flood’ of short-term let licences

An expert commentator on civic licensing has warned of a “flood” of licence applications for short-term lets in Scotland that could reach tens of thousands.

Published 10 January 2020

Stephen McGowan: Renewed focus on gambling machines in pubs

A Wetherspoons recently failed "test purchases" where police sent cadets into pubs to try and play gaming machines, to see if they would be asked for ID. The venue has had its gaming machine permit revoked as a result.

Published 17 December 2019

TLT secures 3am licence outwith Dumfries policy

TLT has obtained a permanent 3am licence for LIQRS, a late night bar premises in Dumfries town centre.

Published 28 June 2019

TLT overcomes overprovision policy to secure licence for Bothwell restaurateur

TLT’s head of licensing (Scotland), Stephen McGowan, has secured a new licence for the San Vincenzo Italian restaurant and delicatessen in Bothwell – overcoming a previous refusal, trade opposition and the licensing board policy on overprovision which had declared the Bothwell locality as “overprovided” for all types of licensed premises.

Published 21 May 2019