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.

See you at Betting on Football, 20 & 21 March 2019

David Clifton looks forward to seeing clients, contacts and friends in the gambling industry, old and new, at the 6th edition of SBC Events’ Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, London tomorrow, 20 March, and on Thursday, 21 March. Day 1: Wednesday 20 March Tomorrow David will be moderating two panel sessions. 1  “Sponsorship and […]

FOBT Final Stage Impact Assessment published

As previously reported by us: pursuant to The Gaming Machine (Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2018, made on 20 December 2018, the stake reduction on FOBTs/B2 gaming machines from £100 to £2 will come into force on 1 April 2019 and the legislative context and policy background is set out in an Explanatory Memorandum (and accompanying Impact Assessment). […]

Controversial ASA ruling against Sky Bet TV ad

The Advertising Standards Authority ruled last week that an August 2018 TV advert promoting Sky Bet’s “Request a Bet” service, fronted by the Sky Sports presenter Jeff Stelling, “gave customers an unrealistic and exaggerated perception of the level of control they would have over the outcome of a bet and that could lead to irresponsible gambling behaviour”. The […]

EGBA maintains lack of EU betting rules is gambling with online players’ safety

We have reported previously on: the manifesto entitled “An EU Framework for Online Gambling” published last December by the European Gaming and Betting Association (“EGBA”) in which it asks EU policymakers to take action so that EU citizens have a high level of consumer protection irrespective of where they reside, and EGBA’s annual Responsible Gaming Day 2018, at which […]

Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News, entitled “Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond” that can be downloaded below), David Clifton comments on news from either side of the Atlantic Ocean that shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms […]

David Clifton comments on forthcoming age verification requirement

David Clifton is quoted in an EGR Compliance article by Scott Longley, entitled “The UK age–verification ratchet”, that focuses on: the LCCP changes on age and identity verification requirements for remote gambling operators that will come into force on 7 May 2019, the new gambling advertising standards to protect under 18 year olds that come into force […]

Preparation for the next UK National Lottery competition gathers pace

As reported on its website, on 16 November 2018 the Gambling Commission began its initial, global market engagement to hear from businesses and investors interested in the UK National Lottery, when the current licence comes to an end in 2023. The Commission’s CEO, Neil McArthur, talked in a blog published on the same day about the next competition […]

Have your say on business rates

In his article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “Have your say on business rates” (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton comments on the Treasury Committee’s business rates inquiry, the terms of reference for which are as follows: Terms of Reference The inquiry will look at how changes in Central Government policy […]

David Clifton to chair Player Protection Forum on 22 May 2019

With ongoing calls from the Gambling Commission for greater collaboration between operators in all gambling sectors in order “to rebuild consumer and public trust, to build a future for this industry with strong foundations based upon fairness and safety”, the next conference from KnowNow – entitled “Player Protection Forum” and taking place in London on 22 May 2019 […]

Spring forward!

With British Summer Time starting at 1am on Sunday 31 March 2019, it will be time to put the clocks forward one hour then. In an online news posting (that can also be downloaded below), Suzanne Davies explains for Pub & Bar readers what the licensing repercussions of the hour change will be for those late night operators: who normally […]