Archive | April, 2019

MP’s 10 Minute Rule Bill will call for a mandatory gambling levy

Richard Graham MP has secured a 10 minute Rule Bill on 24 April 2019 when he will call on the government to institute a mandatory levy on gambling operators to fund a major independent gambling-related harm research initiative and more gambling clinics. He explains his views on this and other gambling-related issues on his website, where […]

ASA rules on gambling normalisation and house raffle complaints

There have been two interesting rulings by the Advertising Standards Authority today. Both rulings can be downloaded below. The first, relating to Betfred, arose from a complaint that a TV ad showing characters gambling while carrying out everyday activities normalised gambling and was therefore irresponsible. The complaint was not upheld by the ASA. Its reasoning was as follows: […]

Gambling Commission publishes its Business Plan 2019-2020

The Gambling Commission has published its 2019-20 Business Plan (that can be downloaded below), outlining the Commission’s key areas of focus for the next 12 months. The foreword to the Business Plan reads as follows: We exist to safeguard consumers and the wider public. We do that by regulating gambling, including the National Lottery, and giving advice and guidance about […]

Five UK casino and gaming companies join Senet Group

Five of the UK’s largest casino and gaming companies, Aspers, Caesars, Genting, Playtech and the Rank Group, have joined Senet Group, the body established in 2014 to promote responsible gambling standards in the UK and to ensure that the marketing of gambling is socially responsible. Senet Group also runs MOSES, the self-exclusion scheme for UK high street […]

Two items of advice for UK licensed betting operators

The Gambling Commission has published on its website the following two items of advice that will be of interest to licensed betting operators: Are you settling bets in accordance with your published rules? A reminder of the risks surrounding novelty markets They read as follows: Are you settling bets in accordance with your published rules? […]

FCA raises spectre of criminal prosecutions for AML failures

In what is likely to send a shudder down the backs of gambling operators fearful that the Gambling Commission might adopt a similar view, Mark Steward, Director of Enforcement and Market Oversight at the FCA, has recently delivered a speech in which he suggested “it is time that we gave effect to the full intention of […]

Exodus – High-rollers leave UK as AML measures bite

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article by Scott Longley, entitled “Exodus – High-rollers leave UK as AML measures bite” that commences as follows: The downturn in high-end London casino play caused by more intrusive identity and source-of-funds checks is likely to be mirrored by a migration of UK online high-rollers towards offshore operators as the Gambling […]

Gambling and gambling-related issues feature in Online Harms White Paper

The UK Government has today published its “Online Harms White Paper” (a copy of which – together with an Executive Summary – can be downloaded below) setting out its plans for “a world-leading package of online safety measures that also supports innovation and a thriving digital economy” that “will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, […]

Don’t forget the effect of insolvency on your licence

In her article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “Don’t forget the effect of insolvency on your licence” (that can be downloaded below), Suzanne Davies explains what to bear in mind if financial pressures on your pub or bar business raise the spectre of insolvency. In her article, Suzanne refers to: last November’s Office […]