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14th June 2024

Warning pubs and punters could miss out on Euro 2024 due to implications of a Sunday final

The UK’s leading licensing law firm Poppleston Allen is urging operators of licensed premises to check their premises licences, or risk being out of pocket and disappointing their customers for Euro 2024.

The firm wants to ensure that operators of licensed premises are aware that the recent Government relaxation of licensing laws, which allows premises to sell alcohol until 1am immediately after the final and semi-finals if England and Scotland reach them, only applies if premises are licensed to sell alcohol until 11pm on those particular days. But given the final falls on a Sunday, thousands of premises could well miss out on a Euro 2024 sales boost; particularly those in London where traditionally many pubs’ terminal hour for alcohol sales is earlier than 11pm. Indeed, the standard hours for Sunday in some London boroughs are 10:30pm. And this could of course leave customers, as well as operators, disappointed.

If this is the case, operators of licensed premises will need to apply for a Temporary Events Notice for an extension to sell alcohol.

Poppleston Allen Managing Partner, Lisa Sharkey comments: “The Euro 2024 tournament is a fantastic opportunity for fans of England and Scotland to get behind their teams, and of course for the trade to enjoy a boost in sales. So, we certainly would not want a misunderstanding of licensing laws to put a major dampener on the occasion. If a licensed premises is not permitted to sell alcohol until 11pm on the affected days, they still have time to extend their hours with a Temporary Events Notice. So, our advice to operators is to check their premises licences to ensure they are permitted to sell alcohol until 11pm for the final and semi-finals. And if they are not, get their Temporary Events Notices issued as soon as possible.”

A standard Temporary Events Notice must be received by the licensing authority at least 10 working days before the event. 10 working days excludes the day the notice is received and the first day of the event. If there are less than 10 working days before the event, you need to issue a late Temporary Events Notice. The latest you can issue a ‘late’ TEN is five clear working days before the event; however, if you do leave it this late and an objection is received, then the extension is automatically vetoed.

The most important thing to do is to get your solicitor to apply in plenty of time. The first semi-final is 9 July, followed by the second on 10 July, with the final set for 14 July.

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Poppleston Allen is the largest boutique licensing law firm in the UK and is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2024.


About Poppleston Allen:

Poppleston Allen is the largest boutique licensing law firm in the UK.

With offices in Nottingham and London, it focuses solely on the hospitality sector, giving advice in relation to alcohol and gaming licensing along with crimes related to serving alcohol (underage sales and drunkenness), health and safety, food safety and noise nuisance.

Many of the firm’s solicitors work with professional bodies, speak at industry events, write for the national trade press and advise central Government on licensing regulation.

Poppleston Allen has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including Law Firm of the Year and The Times Best Law Firms for Licensing and Gaming.

Clients include Wagamama, Mitchells & Butlers Plc, Stonegate Pub Company Limited, REKOM, Yo!, Bourne Leisure Limited, Butlins, Vue Cinema, Paddy Power, Gala Bingo, Merkur Gaming plus hundreds of independent operators.

Image: Spokesperson, Lisa Sharkey

Contact: Charlotte Kerr

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