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    New Licensing (Scotland) Bill unveiled

    Following Further Options for Alcohol Licensing last year, the Scottish Government introduced further amendments to the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 with the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill on 14th May 2014. Whilst the reforms around the new air weapons licensing regime, the so-called "Andrew's Law", after the death of toddler Andrew Morton in 2005, grabbed the headlines, the Bill contains some important proposed changes to alcohol licensing law in Scotland.

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    Gambling Act 2005 Appeal

    On 28th November 2012, Lady Paton delivered the Opinion of the Inner House in the matter of Freddie Williams Bookmakers v East Ayrshire Council & William Hill Organization Limited [2012] CSIH 89 which is understood to be first appeal in Scotland to the Court of Session under the Gambling Act 2005. The decision highlights the importance of following the strict requirements of the statute to the letter in progressing an appeal, in respect of both jurisdiction and the timing of lodging an appeal.