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.

GamStop animation published on YouTube

To help raise awareness of the service it provides, GamStop – the UK’s online gambling self-exclusion scheme – has produced an animation that you can access on YouTube here. More information about GamStop can be found on its website. You can also access via the links below our previous website postings on the subject of GamStop: GamStop advance registration is […]

Children’s Commissioner calls for loot boxes to be classified as gambling

Coinciding with publication of a report into online gaming entitled “Gaming the system” (that can be downloaded below), the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has today called for (a) changes to gambling legislation so that ‘loot boxes’ are classified as gambling and (b) games distributed online to become subject to a legally enforceable age-rating system, as is the […]

The marketers’ perspective on marketing and safer gambling

The Gambling Commission has reported on its website on a further co-creation workshop, this time focusing on “challenges and opportunities in marketing and safer gambling”. It cites as the background to this workshop the rise in complaints about the sheer volume of gambling adverts during the 2018 football World Cup, with particular reference to “the amount of […]

Thanks to all involved in last week’s “Safeguarding Standards” conference

We send our very sincere thanks to: Antonio Depasquale and Emma Grech at City Legal in Valletta for co-hosting with us last week’s well-attended “Safeguarding Standards – A cross-country snapshot” conference The management of the Dragonara Casino in Malta for very kindly providing us with an excellent conference venue within their very impressive casino premises Those who […]

Faster action required by pub industry to prevent under-18 machine gaming

The Gambling Commission has today called for the UK’s pub industry to take faster action to prevent under-18 year olds accessing gaming machines in pubs. Its call comes almost most a year after it highlighted failures to stop children playing on 18+ pub gaming machines. It also follows shortly after the British Beer and Pub Association and UKHospitality […]

MGA publishes guidance on the licensing & regulatory impact of Brexit

The Malta Gaming Authority has published guidelines (that can be downloaded below) in preparation of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. Introducing the guidelines, the MGA states as follows: The purpose of these guidelines is to provide an indication of the potential impact on the gaming industry operating in or from Malta, and the […]

Betfred Penalty Raises Multi-Market Concerns

David Clifton’s monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News, published today, is entitled “Betfred Penalty Raises Multi-Market Concerns”. You can download it below. David’s article commences with reference to the UK Gambling Commission’s recent announcement that, following an investigation by the Commission, a regulatory settlement has been concluded under which Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited (trading as Betfred) is […]

Pour Decisions – the case for reforming alcohol duty

In her article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine legal page entitled “Pour Decisions – the case for reforming alcohol duty” – that can be downloaded below – Suzanne Davies comments on the report of an independent think-tank (the Social Market Foundation), commissioned by the Institute of Alcohol Studies, that explores the case for reforming alcohol duty in […]

No-Deal Brexit Briefing Note published for hospitality & tourism sectors

UKHospitality has joined forces with the Tourism Alliance to publish a “No-Deal Brexit briefing note” for the hospitality and tourism sectors (that you can download below). It contains Brexit-related guidance in the following respects: Introduction Background explanation HM Government Brexit No-Deal Readiness Report Economic impact Office for Budget Responsibility Fiscal Risks Report Workforce Current EU nationals employed Future […]

David Clifton comments to EGR on Betfred regulatory settlement

David Clifton is quoted in an EGR Compliance article entitled “Betfred to pay £322k for AML failings”, reporting on today’s announcement by the Gambling Commission of a regulatory settlement, under which Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited (trading as Betfred) is required to pay £322,000 for anti-money laundering failings. You can download the EGR article below. David’s fuller comments (included within our previous […]