Code of Practice

Code of Practice

Licensees Association plays key roll in drawing up a new mandatory Code of Practice

The Licensees Association and Association members have played a key roll in drawing up a new mandatory Code of Practice that has been submitted to government following their release of a voluntary code.

The Code of Practice has been drawn up by Tenants, Trade Associations and concerned citizens to assist with the current impasse in rent discussions between Landlords and Tenants brought about by the COVID-19 crisis;

The Code of Practice represents:

  • The desire of businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector to support a recovery of the UK economy while minimising the burden to the taxpayer.
  • Away to protect the millions of jobs and the communities served by businesses in these key sectors of the economy throughout the United Kingdom.
  • Away for all commercial tenants to talk with their landlords, as equals, fairly and in good faith.
  • The willingness of businesses to “share the burden” of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic proportionately.

A copy of the code sublimed to government is available to download here.

Nick’s View:
The recently produced draft Covid19 Code of Practice for Commercial Property was wholly inadequate and the suspicion of many was it is almost designed to fail in its drafting, This is playing politics with lives and livelihoods of many of our members and it is clear to me that a mandatory code is essential if we are to ensure landlords and tenants negotiate  a way forward. There’s a clear imbalance of power in the relationship and allowing any code to be voluntary obviously will not work, I’ve yet to find anyone that thinks it will. So let’s stop wasting time and ensure we have a code that works for all. I also want to say a thank you to those members of The Association who were involved in the drafting, I am extremely proud of the role we all played and I think the entire group worked brilliantly to produce a pan industry code that works across sector.

We are considering bringing forward a weekly surgery where members can contact Nick directly via video conference (Zoom, Teams, FaceTime, the choice is yours). Nick has said he will put aside a specific hour or two each week where members can book a surgery video call. We’d like to know if you think this is a good idea, drop Nick an email or the Association at and we will gauge opinion.

Nick’s View:
I think this is a great development and if members want it I am happy to put the time aside to have a weekly surgery via video conference. I better tidy my office or work out how to set a background!! Let me know what you think.

Find out more…
Talk to me directly please drop me a line at – we deserve an Association that has independent businesses at its heart.

With best wishes,
Nick Griffin FMBII
Chief executive and Founder 
The Licensees Association.