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Jeremy Phillips considers the latest developments in licensing law, including a government crackdown on illegal working, enforcement actions, and a preview of the Supreme Court’s hearing of what constitutes ‘cheating’ in gambling

6 September 2017

A number of changes to licensing law happened to come into effect simultaneously on 6 April 2017 as a result of the Immigration Act 2016 (illegal working in licensed premises and cessation of personal licences) and Policing and Crime Act 2017 (including summary reviews and interim steps) respectively (as explained in SJ 161/16).Illegal working in licensed premises

The government believes that a significant proportion of illegal working occurs in licensed premises selling alcohol and/or offering late night refreshments, as well as in taxis and private hire vehicles. For that reason, the Immigration Act 2016 amended licensing legislation so that a licence may not be issued to an illegal worker. The Act also makes the employment of illegal workers a factor that may be taken into consideration when issuing or revoking licences. Additionally, the Act provides immigration officers with power to enter premises used f...

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