Archive | February, 2018

Systemic AML & SR failings at William Hill result in £6.2 million penalty

The Gambling Commission has found “systemic” failings within processes of WHG (International) Limited that were aimed at preventing money laundering and harm being caused to problem gamblers, as a result of which it has to pay a penalty package of at least £6.2million and appoint external auditors to review the effectiveness and implementation of its anti-money laundering and […]

“Fairness and openness”- the shape of things to come in the GB-licensed sector

On 25 January 2018, the Gambling Commission launched a consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“  on proposed changes to its Licence conditions and codes of practice (“LCCP”). The closing date for responses is 5pm on 22 April 2018. This was followed a week later by an announcement by the Competition […]

Money laundering law briefing paper

Whilst the adequacy of anti-money laundering (“AML”) controls within the UK remote gambling sector remains under close investigation by the Gambling Commission, it is interesting to read a House of Commons Library briefing paper on “Money laundering law“, that was published yesterday and can be downloaded below. It: sets out the main features of the UK’s money […]

Tighter gambling advertising restrictions welcomed by the Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission has welcomed yesterday’s CAP announcements of tightened gambling advertising standards which focus on adverts appealing to problem gamblers and guidance for advertisers of free bets and bonuses. In a website posting (that can be downloaded below), the Commission says in relation to the standards which focus on adverts appealing to problem gamblers (which will come into effect […]

What lies ahead?

Suzanne Davies comments on a recent House of Lords debate about potential licensing reforms. More information about this (and the Hansard transcript of the debate) can be found here

New CAP standards on ‘free’ bets and bonuses take immediate effect

Accompanying today’s announcement by the Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) of tougher standards on gambling advertising (focusing on advertisements’ appeal to problem gamblers), are new standards on free bets and bonuses that come into force immediately today. CAP’s Guidance for advertisers of free bets and bonuses (that can be downloaded below) are intended to help advertisers understand the ASA, […]

New tougher standards on gambling advertising announced by CAP

The Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) have today updated their guidance on gambling advertising as part of the ongoing effort by all relevant regulators to ensure problem gamblers and vulnerable consumers are being treated fairly. That guidance (that can be downloaded below) is intended to help marketers and agencies interpret CAP and BCAP’s gambling rules (set out in […]

CMA publishes its “Action in the remote gambling sector” slides

On 6 February 2018, the Gambling Commission hosted an event at ICE with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Advertising Standards Authority to provide an overview of their ongoing work in the area of unfair promotional terms and misleading practices in the online gambling sector. This included a presentation by the CMA entitled “CMA action in the remote gambling […]

UK remote sector under investigation for laundering negligence

In an iGaming Times article entitled “UK remote sector under investigation for laundering negligence” (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton is interviewed about a letter sent by the Gambling Commission on 4 January 2018 to all online casino operators licensed by it, raising concerns about the sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility and setting out the actions the remote casino […]