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Serve Legal Are Recruiting 
Serve Legal 14/02/2018 
Serve Legal are recruiting for a new full-time support role to work with our existing Finance & Data team here in our lively Vauxhall office. You will be responsible for client reporting, system and database maintenance and dealing with client enquiries. The ideal candidate will be accurate, have a keen eye for detail and be pro-active in dealing with other members of the team. This is a varied role working in a fast-paced environment and will give you real experience of working within a successful, growing business. 
If you think you are right for the role and meet the core competencies, please email your CV and covering letter to You should demonstrate your suitability for the role, including relevant previous experience and details of what you hope to bring to Serve Legal. 
One in two online shops are willing to sell a knife to a child with no checks, police investigation finds 
Mail Online, 08/02/2018 
One in two online retailers are willing to sell a knife to a child with no checks, a police investigation found. 
A ‘hard core’ of high street retailers, often small independent shops, are also failing to observe the law, senior officers said. 
Retailers falling short in ID tests 
Drinks Retailing News, 14/07/2017 
Retailers sold alcohol to nearly one in six teenage mystery shoppers in 2016 without asking for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal. 
eat.drink.sleep, 12/07/2017 
Hospitality operators sell alcohol to one in four teenage mystery shoppers without ID checks 
Underage sales test data reveals ‘concern’ for independents, 09/07/2017 
Independent retailers are 13% more likely to fail an underage sales test than the average store, new data has found. 
Petrol stations worst performers in proof of age tests 
Forecourt Trader, 07/07/2017 
Petrol stations were the least likely retail category to ask for proof of age in a test purchasing operation for alcohol and tobacco. 
Northern Ireland retailers 'the worst in UK' at asking for proof of age when selling alcohol 
Belfast Telegraph, 03/07/2017 
Retailers in Northern Ireland sold alcohol to more than one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without asking for proof of age - the worst in the UK. 
C-stores pass 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests 
Convenience Store, 03/07/2017 
Convenience store retailers passed 82.5% of alcohol ID check tests in 2016, down slightly on the previous year's figure, but they improved their tobacco test pass rate, according to Serve Legal. 
On-trade serving 1 in 4 teens alcohol without asking for ID 
Morning Advertiser, 03/07/2017 
Operators solds one in four teenage mystery shoppers alcohol without asking for proof of age in 2016, according to new data. 
One in four Northern Ireland teens sold alcohol without ID checks 
The Irish News, 03/07/2017 
RETAILERS in Northern Ireland were caught selling alcohol to one in four teenage mystery shoppers last year without asking for ID. 
Revealed: children as young as 13 illegally sold knives in London 
Evening Standard, 08/03/2017 
Children as young as 13 were illegally sold knives in undercover operations carried out across London last year, new figures have revealed. 
Serve Legal Announced as the Regional Winner for the South of England in the Chamber Business Awards 
Chamber Business Awards, 09/2016  
Managing a teen workforce - Ed Heaver 
HR Magazine, 13/06/2016 
I'm founder and director of a successful fast-growing buiness providing services to the retail and leisure industries. Our challenges are the same as those facing any SME, but there is one aspect that sets us apart: our unusual workforce. 
Amazon delivering knives without age checks, Guardian investigation finds 
Guardian, 15/03/2016 
Amazon is selling age-restricted folding knives, similar to one used by the 16-year-old killer of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne, without checking they are safely delivered to adults, a Guardian investigation has found. 
Managing young people: the business where most employees retire at 20 
Personnel Today, 10/03/2016 
How do you manage a workforce that by its very nature needs to move on at 20? Ed Heaver of Serve Legal, an organisation that monitors age-restrictive sales, believes it’s about giving recognition and creating a supportive environment in which workers can flourish. 
No Right To Buy 
Ethical Corporation, 24/02/2016 
The ability of children to buy age-restricted goods online creates ethical as well as legal issues. 
SUN INVESTIGATION: Teen reveals how easy it is to buy age-restricted items 
The, 11/01/2016 
TEENAGERS can illegally buy knives, booze, cigarettes and fireworks online because stores fail to check their age, a Sun investigation has revealed. 
Shops ‘at risk’ over age-restricted sales 
Talking, 21/12/2015 
Just more than half of small shops and newsagents pass test purchases on tobacco products as display ban sows confusion over when to ask for ID, reports this week’s Independent Retail News. Small independent shops and newsagents are most at risk of prosecution for selling tobacco products to under-age teenagers, according to a new survey. Data from Serve Legal, which carried out age-verification tests at 4,600 stores selling tobacco in 2015, shows 64% of total stores passed the test purchases, down by 6% on 2010 figures. 
Drinking venues slump on underage drinking tests 
Big Hospitality, 14/12/2015 
Drinking venues across the UK are performing badly in the fight against underage drinkers, according to research by Serve Legal, an independent auditing body of age-restrictive sales. 
Online retailers lag behind in battle against underage drinking 
Off Licence News, 11/12/2015 
Supermarkets and c-stores are leading the way in the fight against under-age drinking, according to a survey released today.