Five of Scotland’s hospitality industry bodies have taken the unprecedented step of commencing the legal process against restrictions imposed on the licensed trade by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Beer & Pub Association, The Scottish Licensed Trade Association, UK Hospitality (Scotland), the Scottish Hospitality Group and the Night Time Industries Association Scotland have joined forces to save not just the small to medium independent business, but also the large corporate multi-operators that operate within Scotland’s hospitality industry. All these operators are under intense pressure and are fighting for the very survival of their businesses and for the jobs that they provide.
The Scottish Government was served with the pre action letter yesterday morning. It follows the trade bodies receiving an opinion by prominent legal expert Aidan O’Neill QC advising that a Judicial Review would be warranted. The letter requests a response to legal challenges from the Scottish Government by 4pm on Wednesday 28 October 2020, failing which matters could move forward with a Petition for Judicial Review.