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.

Clear flagposts towards future Gambling Commission direction of travel

We reported yesterday on two recent Gambling Commission website postings, including that dated 18 January 2020, entitled “Commission sets industry tough challenges to accelerate progress to raise standards and reduce gambling harm”. We chose to entitle our report on the same issue: “UK gambling industry addresses regulator’s challenge with working groups for game design, ad-tech and […]

UK gambling industry addresses regulator’s challenge with working groups for game design, ad-tech and VIP incentivisation

The UK Gambling Commission has published two consecutive website postings, each focused on the raising of licensees’ standards, namely: Commission sets industry tough challenges to accelerate progress to raise standards and reduce gambling harm and Games warning for online operators The industry code for responsible product and game design working group Following on from a call for action made by […]

Wider ramifications of the UK’s regulatory clampdown

David Clifton has been interviewed by Payment Expert in relation to (a) the new Money Laundering Regulations and updated AML/CTF Guidance for casino operators from the Gambling Commission and (b) the recently announced credit card ban for for all forms of remote gambling and for non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020. In the resultant article, […]

NHS criticisms of the UK gambling industry increase

A dramatic shift up in gears has occurred in relation to the NHS’s criticisms of the gambling industry in advance of the UK government’s forthcoming review of the Gambling Act 2005. This follows recent comments made by NHS Chief Executive Simon Stevens, who described adult gambling behaviour statistics published within the Health Survey for England in December 2019 as […]

Changes loom on the horizon

David Clifton’s monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News – entitled “Changes Loom on the Horizon” (that you can download below) – comments on the rush of regulatory developments affecting the UK licensed gambling industry in the first two weeks of this year alone, namely: confirmation that the newly elected Conservative Party government intends to act speedily to […]

How will the decision to ban credit card gambling affect UK operators?

David Clifton is one of four legal experts interviewed by Robert Simmons for the lead article on today’s EGR Intel newsletter, entitled “Industry reaction: How will the decision to ban credit card gambling affect UK operators?” David answers the following questions arising from yesterday’s announcement by the UK Gambling Commission of a credit card ban for for all […]

All UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in GAMSTOP by 31 March 2020

Albeit slightly overshadowed by its announcement of a credit card ban for all forms of remote gambling and non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020, the Gambling Commission has also announced this morning (14 January 2020) that, by no later than 31 March 2020, all UK licensed online gambling operators must participate in the multi-operator self-exclusion […]

UKGC confirms credit card ban with effect from 14 April 2020

The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed a credit card ban for for all forms of remote gambling (ie betting, gaming and lotteries) and for non-remote betting with effect from 14 April 2020. It has confirmed that, from that date, a new licence condition 6.1.2 (Use of credit cards) – applicable to all non-remote general betting, pool betting […]

Identifying changes in the Gambling Commission’s updated AML/CTF Guidance for casino operators

On Friday 10 January 2020 – the same day that changes to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing requirements, introduced by the Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019, came into force – we reported on our website that the Gambling Commission had published an updated 5th edition of its AML/CTF guidance for UK licensed remote and non-remote casinos – “The prevention […]