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.

We are getting ready for the post-GDPR world – are you?

It can hardly have escaped anyone’s notice that the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force this Friday, 25 May 2018. With this in mind, we have updated: our Privacy Policy, that explains how we collect and process personal data (that you can read by scrolling down here) and our terms of business (that you can […]

Licensing changes afoot at the Gambling Commission

Applying for an operating licence? Make sure it’s complete or risk rejection To speed up processing time for new operating licence applications, the Gambling Commission has announced that, with effect from 4 June 2018, it will be rejecting any incomplete application. It will also only accept new operating licence applications that have been submitted online. It says […]

Equality, diversity and inclusion in the gambling industry

David Clifton was attending the KnowNow “Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Gambling Industry“ conference this morning when Gambling Commission Chief Executive, Neil McArthur, delivered the keynote speech. He concluded his speech (that can be downloaded below) with the following points on the subject of harm minimisation: Funding for research, education and treatment “I want to see […]

Time for remote operators to focus on GamStop

This month, David Clifton’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, “Time for remote operators to focus on Gamstop”,  provides an update on GamStop, the new national online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme in which all remote B2C gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission will soon have to participate. David asked the Commission when exactly it will trigger the one […]

“Managing World Cup Success” guidance for pubs

Just two days after David Clifton’s World Cup related article for Pub & Bar “Looking forward to some positive goals” was published, the British Beer & Pub Association (“BBPA”) has produced (with the support of the Local Government Association and the National Police Chiefs’ Council) guidance for pubs with the aim of encouraging police, licensing […]

FOBT revenue shortfall to be covered by increased RGD

Somewhat hidden by today’s news of the reduction of FOBT maximum stakes to £2 is an announcement on the DCMS website that says: “In order to cover any negative impact on the public finances, and to protect funding for vital public services, this change will be linked to an increase in Remote Gaming Duty, paid by online […]

No change to pub machine entitlements

In its response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, the Government has today confirmed that it will maintain the status quo on Category C gaming machine stakes and prizes and allocations for the time being but “will continue to monitor impacts, including current consumer demand as outlined by the pub sector […]

Gambling Commission reaction to Government machine review

The Gambling Commission has published its reaction to the Government response to the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, as part of which the Government has decided that it will reduce the maximum stake on an FOBT [B2 gaming machine] from £100 to £2. Two months ago (on 19 March […]

Government announces FOBT maximum stake is to be cut to £2

The Government has just published its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures (that can be downloaded below, together with its accompanying Impact Assessment). As part of the review, the Government has decided that it will reduce the maximum stake on an FOBT [B2 gaming machine] from £100 to £2. Insofar as timing is concerned, […]