Archive | November, 2017

Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

In his regular Licensing Expert article for SBC News, this month David Clifton focuses on the 31 October announcement by Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. David’s article can be downloaded below. Amongst other proposals, the consultation invites […]

Binary options to be regulated by the FCA from 3 January 2018

In an announcement on its website, published on 14 November 2017 (that can be downloaded below), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has stated that the regulation of binary options is changing from 3 January 2018. From that date, binary options will be regulated by the FCA in the same way as investment products. This means that: firms will be authorised […]

Gambling Commission unveils 2018-2021 Strategy

The Gambling Commission has unveiled its new strategy for 2018-2021 “Making gambling fairer and safer” that: “builds on work the Commission has been doing to ensure consumers are protected and setting an ambition for further and faster progress in the five priority areas” and it believes “will help shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers”. The […]

The continuing business rates debacle

Suzanne Davies comments on increasing calls for a Budget announcement on business rates reform to help the pub and bar sector. Her article can be downloaded below. Reflecting the rapidly growing concerns on this subject, since Suzanne wrote her article: a House of Commons Westminster Hall debate (secured by Mike Wood MP, Chairman of the […]

Metropolitan Police Form 696 withdrawn

The Metropolitan Police Promotion Event Risk Assessment Form 696 has been withdrawn. In September, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, called for a review of Form 696 because of concerns raised by promoters and artists that it was unfairly affecting specific communities and music genres. Form 696 was originally introduced in 2005 in response to a number of shootings at […]

Gambling advertising regulation in Great Britain

On 10 November 2017, the House of Commons Library published a briefing paper (that can be downloaded below) that summarises the current position relating to gambling advertising in Great Britain. This follows the announcement by DCMS on 31 October 2017 of a range of proposals to strengthen protections around gambling. These include the following on gambling advertising: The Committee of […]

Triennial Review’s winners and losers hard to predict

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article by Scott Longley entitled “Triennial review’s winners and losers hard to predict” that suggests that, instead of clarifying matters, the triennial review has ushered in another period of lobbying, but warns that the industry may struggle to have its voice heard. You can read more about the 12-week consultation […]

Government announces no hasty overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003

As we have previously reported, in April 2017 the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 published a report setting out its findings from its post-legislative scrutiny of the Act. That report included over 70 far-reaching conclusions and recommendations. The Government has now published its response to the report. That response can be accessed here. Insofar […]

Repeat offender Gala Interactive suffers £2.3million penalty package

Gala Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited is to pay a total of £2.3 million for failing to effectively interact with two high-spending “VIP” customers who were displaying problem gambling behaviour whilst playing Gala’s online games and, in the process, gambling away approximately £1.3 million of stolen money. One customer lost £837,545 over 14 months and was subsequently imprisoned for […]