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.

Responsible gambling message to be included throughout TV gambling ads

The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has today announced a further enhancement to the Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising (“the Industry Code”). It requires that throughout each television advert a responsible gambling message or a reference to www.begambleaware.org will appear. This provision will come into force at the end of June 2018. The new […]

First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

In this month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton provides his initial comments on the Gambling Commission’s advice, that was published earlier today, in which it identified a package of measures that – taken together – could “form a coherent strategy for tackling harm in relation to machine play”, that will undoubtedly have a […]

Gambling Commission maintains reduction of risk stance on gaming machines and social responsibility

The Gambling Commission has today published its advice to support the Government with its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures (that can be downloaded below, together with the accompanying letter sent to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on 28 February 2018). In what is a comprehensive package of measures that, taken together, […]

GB bookies rush for compliance after William Hill fine

David Clifton is quoted in the front page article of the March 2018 edition of iGaming Times entitled “GB bookies rush for compliance after Will Hill fine” (that can be downloaded below), commenting on the £6.2million penalty package suffered by WHG (International) Limited after the Gambling Commission found “systemic” failings within its AML and social responsibility processes.

Pubs Code proves to be no panacea

In his article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton focuses on the Pubs Code that came into force in July 2016, commenting that far from it providing the panacea hoped for by pub companies and tenants alike, both the Code and the appointment of Paul Newby as the PCA […]

David Clifton to moderate Italian panel session at Betting on Football 2018

On 21 March 2018, David Clifton will be moderating a panel session entitled “Italy – Living without the World Cup” on Conference Day 1 of the 5th Betting on Football Conference, being held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Registration details can be accessed here. The conference agenda (that can be downloaded below) poses the following questions for this […]

ASA rules against Broadway Gaming Ltd t/a “RehabBingo” advertisements

In what will seem to many to be a harsh decision, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has today ruled that using the term “rehab” (in the context of gambling where players were susceptible to addiction which could cause social, emotional and financial harm) in the following advertisements by Broadway Gaming Limited: on its www.rehabbingo.co.uk website, that featured the brand […]

Updated AML/CTF Guidance for casinos approved by HM Treasury

The Gambling Commission has announced that HM Treasury has formally approved its “Prevention of money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism” guidance for non-remote and remote casinos. This updated version, containing some minor changes from the guidance previously published in September 2017, can be downloaded below. The Commission states that casino operators (both non-remote and remote) should use […]