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.

Time for online gambling operators to take action on unfair terms

The Gambling Commission has warned online gambling operators to review their terms and conditions before regulatory action is stepped up in the New Year to ensure that consumers are treated fairly. This warning follows a speech delivered yesterday at the Gambling Commission’s annual Raising Standards conference) by George Lusty of the Competition and Markets Authority, entitled “Online gambling: the investigation so far […]

Good news for the pub and bar industry in Budget announcement

In today’s Budget announcement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered the following good news for the pub and bar industry: the £1,000 business rates relief for pubs with a rateable value of under £100,000 will be continued until March 2019 in order to “support thousands of small pubs at the heart of so many communities”, the […]

Online gambling: the CMA investigation so far and next steps

CMA Project Director, George Lusty, delivered a speech yesterday (at the Gambling Commission’s second annual Raising Standards conference in Birmingham) entitled “Online gambling: the investigation so far and next steps”, in which he provided a further update on the CMA’s investigation into potentially unfair and misleading terms and practices in the remote gambling sector. His speech (that can be downloaded below and […]

How serious is high-roller problem gambling?

David Clifton is to moderate a panel session called “How serious is high roller problem gambling?” at the KnowHow “Social Responsibility for Gambling Operators” conference to be held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, 45 Prescot Street, London, E1 8GP on 18 January 2018. As made clear in the conference organiser’s announcement (that can be downloaded below), David’s panel […]

Commission calls for a “fairer and safer” gambling experience for consumers

David Clifton and Suzanne Davies attended the Gambling Commission’s second annual Raising Standards conference in Birmingham yesterday, when operators were pressed to make gambling a fairer and safer experience for players. At last year’s conference, the Commission called for operators to accelerate the pace at which they were putting consumers at the heart of business decisions. This year, […]

Do “loot boxes” in online games constitute gambling?

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “Fresh Loot Box Controversy Sparks Regulator Investigations”. In the article (that can be downloaded below), David: expresses the view that the Gambling Commission is unlikely to move against loot boxes in the near future, but may become more inclined to take action as in-game items are […]

Death knell sounded for FOBTs?

In his regular Licensing Expert article for SBC News, this month David Clifton focuses on the 31 October announcement by Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch of a 12-week consultation on proposals for changes to gaming machines and social responsibility measures that will run until 23 January 2018. David’s article can be downloaded below. Amongst other proposals, the consultation invites […]

Binary options to be regulated by the FCA from 3 January 2018

In an announcement on its website, published on 14 November 2017 (that can be downloaded below), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has stated that the regulation of binary options is changing from 3 January 2018. From that date, binary options will be regulated by the FCA in the same way as investment products. This means that: firms will be authorised […]

Gambling Commission unveils 2018-2012 Strategy

The Gambling Commission has unveiled its new strategy for 2018-2021 “Making gambling fairer and safer” that: “builds on work the Commission has been doing to ensure consumers are protected and setting an ambition for further and faster progress in the five priority areas” and it believes “will help shape a well-regulated gambling market that works for consumers”. The […]