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Legislation

Details of legislation and government decisions that affect the operation of your business, plus advice to help you avoid falling foul of the law.

How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

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How hotels can remain compliant following CMA ruling on OTA rate parity

By Charles Livingstone

Following last month's decision by the Competition Markets Authority (CMA) to close its investigations into rate parity agreements between hotels and online travel agents (OTAs), Charles Livingstone, a partner at law firm Brodies LLP, gives his top...

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

BHA calls for new law on tipping and service charges

By Liam Garrahan

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called for the Government to take action against restaurants and hotels who do not disclose how tips and service charges are distributed among staff by bringing in a new law that ensures total transparency...

Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

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Eight ways to protect your alcohol licence

By Robert Botkai

With the busy festive season upon us, Robert Botkai of Winckworth Sherwood recaps the law around the sale of alcohol to ensure operators can protect their licences. 

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Chinese visa overhaul could boost visitor numbers by 265k

By Liam Garrahan

An overhaul of the Chinese visa system could boost the boost the number of Chinese tourists to the UK by 265k each year and earn the British economy £337m, according to The UK China Visa Alliance (UKCVA).

Looking to leave your existing site and assign the lease to another business owner? Follow Paul Davey's six steps to assigning a lease first to avoid any frustrations

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Six steps to assigning a restaurant or pub lease

By Paul Davey

Paul Davey, managing director of Davey Co, talks through how restaurant and pub owners can assign the lease on their properties if they want to move on. 

Parliament's support of the campaign to reduce hospitality and tourism VAT is growing with the Liberal Democrats becoming the first political party to back it

Political support builds for Cut Tourism VAT campaign

By Emma Eversham

Political support for Cut Tourism VAT's campaign to reduce VAT on domestic tourism from 20 per cent to 5 per cent is growing with The Liberal Democrats becoming the first main party to back it. 

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Restaurants reminded of duties to blind diners

By Liam Garrahan

Restaurant staff are being reminded of the Disability Discrimination Act after an incident in Liverpool saw a blind teenager removed from a restaurant for bringing her guide dog with her.

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VAT campaign

VAT Club proposes staggered tax reduction

By Mark Wingett, M&C Allegra Foodservice

The hospitality VAT cut campaign has put forward a plan to the Government for a staggered reduction in the level of the tax for hospitality businesses.

What are legal tip policies?

Five tips for managing tips

By Emma Eversham

With tipping practices back in the spotlight, BigHospitality speaks to Lydia Christie, senior associate at law firm Howard Kennedy who suggests five ways restaurant groups can check that their policies are legal and fair. 

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