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About Christopher Ainsworth

Christopher has extensive experience in advising brewers, tenanted and managed pub companies, restaurant and hotel operators. He advises national and regional brewers on competition issues and the regulatory framework and deals with ongoing leasehold acquisitions.

Customer safety this Christmas

By |2022-12-14T18:32:30+01:00December 14th, 2022|

With customer numbers up over Christmas it is also a time for vigilance by operators to ensure customers feel safe.  It is undeniable that the number of people who try to bring knives, drugs and alcohol into pubs and clubs is increasing every year.  Knife crime is at its highest level ever  – as a [...]

Drinking bottle waste reduction scheme delayed until 2024

By |2021-06-29T18:32:54+01:00May 28th, 2021|

According to DEFRA UK, consumers use an estimated 14 billion plastic drinks bottles, 9 billion drinks cans and 5 billion glass bottles a year. The Government is committed to reducing waste and to ensuring that the UK is a leader in resource efficiency. The Government is committed to introducing a deposit return scheme. A first [...]

Rent arrears. Plan ahead for Covid-19

By |2020-03-17T10:00:04+01:00March 16th, 2020|

Covid-19 is here.  It is impacting the hospitality and leisure sector with a concern that tenants will be in financial difficulties soon.   Landlords need to plan ahead to protect tenant’s welfare and their own business interests.  What you can do to be proactive now? Will a tenant’s insurance cover any downturn in profits? Some tenants [...]

Customer safety this Christmas

By |2019-12-03T15:12:22+01:00November 12th, 2019|

A licensee has reported that customers feel safer after introduction of mandatory entry searches for everyone entering his premises after 11pm. This follows a Court of Appeal case a couple of years ago which considered the extent of the duty of care owed by a bar to its customers after 2 men were stabbed by another customer. Operators of licensed premises might like to consider their own duty to clientele, particularly during the busy Christmas period.