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.

Adverse ASA rulings against gambling operators continue to mount

Adverse ASA rulings against gambling operators have continued since we reported on the 30 May 2018 rulings against Progress Play and TGP Europe and the 20 June 2018 ruling against Coral (Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited. Today the ASA has upheld complaints against AG Communications Limited (t/a as Karamba.com) on the following grounds: Consumers would understand the “tips and tricks” claims for […]

Law Commission consults on “AML: the SARS Regime”

With a view to helping law enforcement crackdown on money laundering, the Law Commission has published a consultation paper (that can be downloaded below). You can also download below a helpful summary paper. The consultation is open until 5 October 2018.  One of its principal aims is to cut back on low quality suspicious activity reports with a […]

Pointing to the next stage in the fight against gambling-related harm

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News, that picks up on last month’s article “Collaboration – the name of the game”, David Clifton comments on: the announcement by William Hill of a new corporate objective“Nobody harmed by Gambling” that seeks to “eradicate problem gambling within the UK” and the open letter written by its Group Chief Executive […]

GambleAware publishes its Strategic Delivery Plan 2018-2020

GambleAware – an independent charity tasked to fund research, education and treatment services to help to reduce gambling-related harms in Great Britain – has published its Strategic Delivery Plan 2018-2020 (that can be downloaded below), outlining its strategic priorities for the next two years. It has also published the following letter from the Chair of its Board of Trustees, Kate Lampard […]

Forthcoming guidance on SEV licensing in Scotland

Section 76 of the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 establishes a specific licensing regime for the regulation of Sexual Entertainment Venues (“SEVs”). The provisions, when commenced, will allow local authorities in Scotland to licence such venues under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. This will allow for greater local control over the provision […]

Hackney’s new Licensing Policy causes uproar

Obtaining late-hours for alcohol-licensed premises in Hackney has been a challenge for some time now. However, it’s not been completely impossible, as we have previously shown, even when facing opposition from the licensing authority itself. Regrettably, a difficult task is likely to become even harder now that Hackney Council has unanimously adopted a new licensing policy under which: at weekends, […]

So – will affiliate marketing disappear by 2020?

Yesterday, 18 July 2018, David Clifton participated in a debate on the topic “Affiliate marketing will disappear by 2020” as part of the “Counsel” debate sessions at the iGBLive! Conference in Amsterdam. The other main speaker participants were Disa Stig (Head of Affiliates at Goliath Limited) and Michal Kopec (Head of M&A at Better Collective) – pictured left […]

Gambling Commission warns of ‘relentless escalation’ in financial penalties

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article entitled “UK regulator warns of ‘relentless escalation’ of financial penalties” that picks up on the following comments by Gambling Commission CEO, Neil McArthur in a 28 June 2018 Financial Times article entitled “Betting groups face a ‘relentless escalation in penalties for inaction” : “We recognised that our approach to […]

Gambling Commission publishes its 2017-18 Annual Report

The Gambling Commission has today published its Annual Report that looks back at performance and progress by the regulator over the last financial year. It can be downloaded below. Introducing the Annual Report on its website, the Commission states as follows: 2017-18 saw a clear focus on change for both the industry and the Commission including the launch […]