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 Sports today and tomorrow

As we have previously reported, this is “Betting on Sports” week, taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. David Clifton and Suzanne Davies will be very actively participating in the conference because: at 12.10pm today (Wednesday 19 September), David will moderate a CasinoBeats panel session entitled “UK Tax Hike” in conference room 4. His panellists are Clive Hawkswood (CEO of the Remote Gambling Association), Steven […]

Gambling regulators voice concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games

Voicing concerns about skins gambling and loot boxes in video games, fifteen gambling regulators from across Europe (including the regulators for the UK, Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Malta), as well as Washington State Gambling Commission in the USA, have signed an agreement to work together to address the risks created by the blurring of lines between gaming […]

Who are you and how old are you?

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News entitled “Who are you and how old are you?”, David Clifton discusses the Gambling Commission’s recently published consultation on its proposals to strengthen existing LCCP age and identity verification requirements. The consultation closes on 27 November 2018. David’s article can be downloaded below. You can read more about this in our […]

Mandatory calorie labelling consultation launched

The Government has today launched a consultation (that will run until 7 December 2018) entitled “Mandating calorie labelling in the out-of-home sector” with a view to enforcing compulsory calorie labelling on restaurant menus and other hospitality businesses’ menus, including takeaways and online food and drink ordering websites. In its “overview” introduction, the Government says: Currently, nearly one in four […]

Where will the Gambling Commission draw the line when enforcing tougher new advertising rules?

Fast approaching changes to the advertising and marketing provisions of the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions & Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) will mean that operators licensed by the Commission who breach advertising rules will face tougher enforcement action. With this in mind, it is worth noting an interesting ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) published on its website yesterday. […]

Suzanne Davies’ “Betting on Sports” session on gambling regulators is bound to provoke debate

At 4pm on Thursday 20 September at the Olympia Conference Centre in London, Suzanne Davies will be moderating a panel session at “Betting on Sports” provocatively entitled “Are regulators the biggest threat to the industry?” With ever-increasing regulatory burdens and record levels of financial penalty package being imposed on gambling operators by the UK Gambling Commission, there […]

The questions posed in the Gambling Commission’s consultation on age and identity verification

We reported last week on a newly published Gambling Commission consultation on age and identify verification, containing proposals to amend its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) by requiring remote licence-holders to: verify the age of all remote gambling customers before they can: deposit money or gamble, and/or access play-for-free versions of gambling games that a licence-holder make […]

Will The Sound of Music segue into The Sound of Silence?

In his article for this month’s “Legal” page for Pub & Bar Magazine (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton fears the consequences of a PPL consultation for music-led pubs and bars. More information about this can be found on our previous website posting. The consultation runs until 5 October 2018 and the consultation paper can be found […]

Gambling Commission issues advertising and sponsorship rules reminder

Another day and another posting on the Gambling Commission’s website – the third in successive days. This time around, the Commission is saying that it has teamed up with the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) to remind licence holders of some of the key rules and requirements relating to gambling […]