Archive | October, 2018

Time to start a constructive gambling marketing & advertising debate?

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News entitled “Time to start a constructive gambling marketing & advertising debate?”, David Clifton: focuses on the recent speech by Gambling Commission’s Programme Director for Consumer Protection & Empowerment, Ian Angus, in which he called for “a proper and constructive debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements […]

Is an advertising ban on the way in the UK?

David Clifton is interviewed for an eGaming Review Compliance article entitled “Is the UK heading for an advertising ban?” David answers the following questions: Is advertising of gambling and gambling-related products over-regulated? Are the complaints received by the regulators merely an ersatz way of the industry policing itself Should there be a mechanism for industry firms to report advertising […]

Three ASA rulings of interest to gambling operators

Three ASA rulings were published today that will be of interest to gambling operators (each of which can be downloaded below). First the good news: LeoVegas Plc: an ad for an online casino game that featured stylised, dramatic effects which emphasised that a blackjack player was maintaining a calm demeanour despite being in a tense, decisive moment in […]

Complaints & disputes guidance to gambling operators will take effect on 31 October 2018

The Gambling Commission has published a “Complaints and disputes: procedural, information provision and reporting requirements” guidance note that will come into effect on 31 October 2018. It: sets out the minimum standards that the Commission expects from all licence holders (except gaming machine technical and gambling software licences) regarding effective handling of customer complaints, provides advice […]

We wish St John Bakery every success at Neals Yard, Covent Garden

We are delighted to have assisted our clients St John Bakery Company Limited (part of the St John Restaurant group) with their successful application for a premises licence enabling them to sell their own St John Wines and artisan beers and ciders alongside a wide range of delicious baked items (including their famous doughnuts) at […]

Paddy Power Betfair incurs a £2.2 million penalty for customer interaction & AML failings

Another day, another regulatory settlement. After yesterday’s Mark Jarvis Public Statement and last week’s Rank Group Public Statement, the Gambling Commission has today announced that online gambling operator Paddy Power Betfair (“PPB”) is to pay £2.2million for failing to protect customers and stop stolen money being gambled. The full terms of the penalty package are set out […]

CA& & BCAP clarifies “normalisation” in relation to gambling and alcohol ads

The Committee of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) and its counterpart, the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice (“BCAP”), have published a document entitled “Normalisation” that outlines what CAP and BCAP understand by that phrase and how they view normalisation in relation to advertising of the types of products in respect of which stakeholders more commonly raise concerns that advertising is ‘normalising’ […]

Another gambling operator incurs a penalty for customer interaction failure

Under the terms of a regulatory settlement announced today by the Gambling Commission (that can be downloaded below), bookmaker Mark Jarvis is to pay a total of £94,000 and overhaul its social responsibility procedures after failing to protect a customer who was showing signs of problem gambling. This constituted a breach of LCCP Social Responsibility Code Provision […]

To vape or not to vape: that is the question

In her article for this month’s “Legal” page for Pub & Bar Magazine entitled “To vape or not to vape: that is the question” (that can be downloaded below), Suzanne Davies wonders whether a change in Government policy on e-cigarettes may affect pubs’ vaping rules. You will find in edition 110 of Pub & Bar the […]

Don’t miss an extra hour of trade when BST ends

Sad news for all of us who prefer warmer weather and lighter evenings – two weeks tonight (at 2am Sunday 28 October 2018), British Summer Time comes to an end. Good news for late night operators though, because at that very same time the clocks go back one hour to 1am, meaning that licensed premises entitled to […]