Archive | January, 2019

Incomplete variation applications to be rejected by the Gambling Commission w.e.f. 4 February

The Gambling Commission has announced that, in the same way that it now refuses to accept incomplete new operating licence applications, it will soon cease to accept incomplete applications to vary Operating Licences. With effect from 4 February, the Commission will be: updating its website to: clearly signal a change in the acceptance of incomplete applications and make […]

House of Lords suggests in-play betting will stop altogether

On 16 January 2019, Question Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate posed the following Question in the House of Lords: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban gambling advertising, particularly on television, to counter the negative effects on vulnerable and younger people, and others. Lord Ashton of Hyde, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department […]

SARs Annual Report published by the NCA

The National Crime Agency (“NCA”) has published its 2018 SARs Annual Report (that can be downloaded below). The report sets out: Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) reporting statistics by sectors key engagements how SARs analysis has supported partner agencies case studies and the plan for 2018-19. It shows that in the period April 2017 to March 2018: […]

GamStop under the spotlight

A month after we reported that GambleAware had commissioned Ipsos MORI to conduct an evaluation of both the online Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Scheme (GamStop) and the non-remote such schemes, a BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates programme reported that it was possible for someone who had self-excluded from online gambling via GamStop to open a new account with a gambling […]

The mystery of the missing comma – the Wire Act reconsidered

Earlier today in a report entitled “UK gambling stocks drop after U.S. DOJ reverses opinion on internet betting”, Reuters reported on the U.S. Department of Justice Opinion memorandum from the Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”), reversing its previous (2011) interpretation of section 1084(a) of the Federal Wire Act, that reads as follows (with the crucial words […]

More tightening on the cards for 2019

Comments by David Clifton feature in two articles within the current edition of iGaming Times: “Clifton: More tightening on the cards for 2019” (in which he explains (a) why 2018 has been a transformative year for the UK’s gambling market, marked by a wave of new regulations, record fines, and rising costs for operators and (b) […]

How not to deal with a summary review of your premises licence

In his article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “How not to deal with a summary review of your premises licence”, David Clifton advises readers how to avoid the calamitous fate that has befallen Elizabeth Pargetter at Lower Loxley Hall (pictured below). In what must surely be the biggest crisis to have […]

Gambling Commission requires greater transparency for customers

The Gambling Commission has posted on its website a call for greater transparency for customers, specifically in relation to the question “do they know who they’re participating against?” This question arises from the practice of some licensed operators to participate in their own gambling products either directly or indirectly through a Group company. In its posting, the Commission states […]

Major bookmakers volunteer FOBT stake cuts to £2 in Northern Ireland

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “UK Bookmakers Sidestep Northern Irish PR Drubbing”, commenting on the stated intentions of each of Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power to voluntarily reduce FOBT (category B2 gaming machine) stakes at their betting shops in Northern Ireland from £100 to £2, in line with the reduction of such stakes elsewhere […]

Self-regulation versus Regulation

David Clifton is quoted in an EGR Compliance cover feature article that poses the question: “Can self-regulation realistically become the main governing mechanism for operators’ conduct in the gaming sector, or will regulators always need to be behind the wheel as the industry changes and evolves?”.  The article (that can be downloaded below) raises some interesting points. […]