We regularly write articles for industry and legal journals & magazines, including commentaries for Online Gambling Lawyer & iGaming Business, a monthly “Licensing Expert” piece for SBC News and a fortnightly page for Pub & Bar and, with their permission, are reproducing them on our website, together with our own news items and reports on topical issues affecting the leisure and gambling industries.

Two operating licences suspended for failure to participate in GamStop

As anticipated by us, the Gambling Commission has suspend the operating licences of two online gambling operators – Dynamic (t/a Prophet) and Sportito – for failing to participate in GAMSTOP by 31 March 2020 in accordance with LCCP Social Responsibility code provision 3.5.5. The Commission’s announcement in this respect (that you can download below), published today (3 […]

Caesars UK to pay £13million for social responsibility, AML & customer interaction failings

The Gambling Commission has announced today (2 April 2020) that, following an investigation that revealed social responsibility, money laundering and customer interaction failures between January 2016 and December 2018 (including “serious systematic failings in the way the company took decisions about VIP customers“), it has concluded a regulatory settlement with Caesars Entertainment UK Limited (“CEUK”) under which: CEUK will […]

NHS to benefit from the Virtual Grand National

Following the 16 March 2002 decision to cancel this year’s Grand National because of the coronavirus pandemic, major betting operators have today (1 April 2020) confirmed that all profits from the Virtual Grand National (to be screened on ITV at 5pm on Saturday 4 April 2020) will be donated to NHS Charities Together, the umbrella organisation which […]

UKGC publishes its Business Plan for 2020-21

The Gambling Commission has published its Business Plan for 2020-21 (that you can download below). The plan outlines the Commission’s key priorities for the year ahead, including an ongoing commitment to reducing gambling harm, and continuing its work in making gambling safer, particularly online. Announcing publication of the plan, the Commission’s CEO Neil McArthur has said: We […]

Participation in GamStop is compulsory from today

As previously reported by us, participation in the multi-operator self-exclusion scheme GamStop has become compulsory today – 31 March 2020 – (pursuant to LCCP Social Responsibility code provision 3.5.5) for all UK licensed online gambling operators, with the exception of holders of the following categories of operating licence: any remote lottery licence the holder of which does not […]

Gambling faces a pivotal moment

David Clifton’s monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News – published today (31 March 2020) and entitled “Gambling faces a pivotal moment” (that you can download below) – focuses on the online gambling sector’s opportunity, in the face of the coronavirus crisis, to prove to the public, the press and parliament that it can be trusted […]

EGBA issues guidance on safer online gambling and responsible advertising during COVID-19 crisis

The European Gaming & Betting Association (“EGBA”) has today (30 March 2020) published the following press release: COVID-19: European Gambling Associations Issue Guidance On Safer Online Gambling And Responsible Advertising BRUSSELS, 30 March 2020 – With increasing global concern about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the health, safety and well-being of the general public […]

PPL PRS suspends payment charges for TheMusicLicence during COVID-19 closure period

On its “Business Update – COVID-19 webpage (that you can download below), PPL PRS Limited, the joint venture company that administers the licensing of music used in public via TheMusicLicence, has introduced a number of temporary measures to support UK businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include: not charging customers for their music usage during the […]