Archive | July, 2019

Advice on use of imagery on lottery scratchcards

The Gambling Commission has published a new advice note entitled “Lottery products and particular appeal to children” that focuses on the use of imagery on lottery scratch cards. The Commission’s advice note (that can be downloaded below) sets out the requirements of: LCCP Social Responsibility Code provision 5.1.7, requiring that the marketing of products and services is undertaken […]

Further notable licensing successes achieved by Suzanne Davies

It’s been a good week for Suzanne Davies who has achieved two notable licence application successes, each of which were granted in a cumulative impact area (“CIA”) contrary to local policy. As we have previously reported, CIAs were given a statutory footing in April 2018 when section 141 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017, introducing […]

Gambling Commission publishes Annual Report & Accounts

The Gambling Commission has today published its Annual Report and Accounts, that can be downloaded below. Future-focused comments within the Chairman’s Message that will be of particular interest to UK licence-holders include the following: Protection of children and the vulnerable As we now look to accelerate the pace of change across these five areas in the […]

Gambling Commission fares well in annual HM Treasury AML/CTF Supervision Report

As we have previously reported, in December 2018, the Financial Action Task Force (“FATF”), the global standard-setter for AML/CTF, published its Mutual Evaluation Report of the United Kingdom (“the MER”). The MER found that: the UK’s AML/CTF regime is the strongest of over sixty countries assessed by FATF and its regional bodies to date, nevertheless significant […]

Beware the personal consequences of boom and bust

In his article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “Beware the personal consequences of boom and bust” (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton reflects on the woes of Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant business and warns about the circumstances in which a director can be held personally liable on the insolvency of […]

ASA reverses earlier adverse Sky Bet “Request a Bet” ruling

We reported in March 2019 on a controversial ASA ruling against an August 2018 TV advert promoting Sky Bet’s “Request a Bet” service, explaining why we considered it to be a particularly harsh ruling by the ASA. Unusually, the ASA has today published a fresh ruling that reverses that earlier ruling. Unfortunately we cannot lay claim to that decision having been prompted […]

New research published into gambling advertising and marketing

GambleAware has published an “Interim Synthesis Report: The Effect of Gambling Marketing and Advertising on Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults” arising from research commissioned by it, led by Ipsos MORI (in partnership with the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, Ebiquity, and the Centre for Analysis of Social Media at Demos). Both this research and […]

GREO work to be funded by gambling operators’ monies raised from regulatory settlements

As announced on its website, the Gambling Commission has appointed independent research dissemination specialist Gambling Research Exchange (“GREO”) to a key role in support the Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms. The announcement goes on to say as follows: GREO will develop a programme of activity to support the new strategy’s two priority areas – Prevention […]