Licensing

Voluntary licensing restraint 'could break competition law'

Voluntary licensing restraint 'could break competition law'

Solicitors have told landlords from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) to stop adhering to the voluntary code banning happy hours, saying it could breech European Union competition law.The... Read more

Licensing laws could be changed in Northern Ireland

The UK government has threatened to change the laws governing the sale and packaging of alcohol in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.According to the Department of Health, the drinks industry... Read more

NI civil servant criticises paper's view on licensing

Linda MacHugh from the Northern Ireland department for social development has fought back against an article in the Belfast Telegraph which she claims criticises the assembly's policy on licensing law.Ms... Read more

Fine increased for negligent nightclub

Solicitors for Belfast City Council have ensured that a nightclub which was negligent about Northern Ireland's safety laws has been duly penalised. Originally solicitors managed to convince a Northern Ireland... Read more

CLA offers £100k for copyright whistleblowers

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland may see more clients concerned about licensing and copyright infringements after the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) has offered those who inform on people breaching... Read more

Intellectual property difficult for SMEs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Northern Ireland may have to visit solicitors more often than larger firms for getting into bother over intellectual property.People setting up a small... Read more

Solicitors doubles negligence claims

Law firm Eversheds is facing a new claim of professional negligence, after already being sued for £20 million for the same reason by Nationwide Building Society over mortgage fraud.The latest... Read more

Music companies win record copyright payout

CD Wow has had to pay £35 million in damages to members of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), constituting the largest copyright payout in Britain, Northern Ireland and the rest... Read more

Calls to extend copyright laws

The government has been urged to extend the copyright laws that apply in Britain and Northern Ireland.MPs have suggested that the current laws should be extended so as to ensure... Read more