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Punch has dropped claims that the conditions placed on four of its pubs in the city, which included the fitting of a fire alarm in one premises and a requirement to carry out safety checks at another, were unlawful under the Licensing Act have failed. The High Court upheld the magistrate’s appellate decision of September 7 2005 itself upholding the Local Authority’s position that the conditions on the licence were not “unnecessary or disproportionate” (The Publican, September 19). Punch had been pressing for a judicial review of the case in London’s High Court, but last week pulled out, saying it was “better to try and work with Leeds Licensing Authority outside of the courts”.