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Latest articles from John Meehan

  • How do you get permission to use outdoor areas as Temporary Premises for the sale of alcohol?

    How do you get permission to use outdoor areas as Temporary Premises for the sale of alcohol?

    Many restaurant and licensed trade operators will be looking at car parks, service yards and other outdoor areas with a view to using these for impromptu outdoor restaurants, cafes or pop up bars as the hospitality industry in Scotland gears up for the provisional re-opening date of 15 July. While there will be an understandable rush to get venues ready for any change in the lockdown, and the authorities are showing a willingness to be flexible, there are still potential pitfalls with serious repercussions for operators.

  • Coronavirus: ensure unoccupied commercial property remains insured

    Coronavirus: ensure unoccupied commercial property remains insured

    Generally speaking, many UK insurers define a commercial property as being "unoccupied" if it is empty or not being fully utilised for business purposes for a continuous period of 30 days. Some insurers have extended the period to 60 days due to the current lockdown, but owners of such properties should carefully check their policies and contact their providers to be sure that they remain covered.

  • Site acquisitions for developments  – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    Site acquisitions for developments – how to ‘Speed the Legals’

    So you've struck a deal to buy a site and pass onto your lawyers the terms of the deal with the expectation that a signed contract is just round the corner to cement your preferred bidder status. Then the lawyers burst your bubble with a series of questions: "what do you mean by that ...?" For deal-doing developers, these questions, however irritating, are a necessary ingredient for a binding contract.