Indian restaurant loses premises licence over immigration breaches

The recent case of an Indian restaurant which had its premises license revoked following a series of immigration breaches has caught the attention of London licensing solicitors Joelson.

The Sandhurst Tandoori Restaurant in Sandhurst, Berkshire, had its licence reviewed by Home Office Immigration Enforcement after it emerged that the restaurant’s owners had employed a number of illegal workers.

The Section 182 Guidance specifically states that the employing of a person disqualified from work by reason of their immigration status will be treated particularly seriously.

In the case of the Sandhurst Tandoori Restaurant, the premises licence was revoked.

At a hearing on 23 April 2018, Bracknell Forest Council’s Licensing Committee noted that the employment of illegal workers was an incredibly serious offence.

It highlighted that, in many cases, such practices are linked to a number of other noteworthy crimes and also tend to encourage further illegal migration.

Commenting after the restaurant’s licence was revoked, Steve Loudoun, Charmain of the Public Protection Joint Management Board, said that other licensed premises ought to carry out appropriate ‘right to work’ checks on all members of their staff, to ensure they do not face a similar fate in terms of licence revocation.

If you require advice on any of the issues raised above, please contact the team at London licensing, gaming and regulatory solicitors Joelson.

Niall McCann

Niall McCann

Partner – Joint-Head of Licensing, Gaming & Regulatory

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