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.

Views sought on ‘agent of change’ proposal affecting pubs, nightclubs and music venues

As foreshadowed by a press release on 18 January 2018, the Government has published its National Planning Policy Framework Consultation proposals that seek views on the draft text of a new National Planning Policy Framework. This has considerable relevance for pubs, nightclubs and music venues located close to proposed new housing developments. Paragraph 180 of the draft National Planning […]

Hungary’s online gambling licensing regime breaches EU law

On 28 February 2018, the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in proceedings brought by Sporting Odds Limited against the Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Központi Irányítása (Central Directorate of the National Tax and Customs Administration, Hungary) concerning a decision by which the latter imposed a fine of approximately €11,306 on the former for offering online casino […]

New DPS form comes into effect from 23 March 2018

A revised change of DPS application form (that can be viewed here) will come into effect in England and Wales on 23 March 2018. The explanatory memorandum that accompanies the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 states: “These Regulations substitute the prescribed application form to vary a premises licence to specify […]

Watch the William Hill “2 Clear” ad and see what you think

There’s been a lot of industry media coverage today about the ASA ruling against William Hill Organisation Limited, upholding a complaint that had challenged whether William Hill had made sufficiently clear in a television advertisement a small-print condition that restricted its “2 Clear” 15% free bet bonus promotion solely to horse races which had at least six runners. The voiceover in […]

Gambling participation in 2017: behaviours, awareness and attitudes

The Gambling Commission has published the 2017 gambling participation and perceptions report, revealing the latest gambling consumer trends in Britain in terms of gambling participation rates, problem gambling estimates, online gambling behaviour, consumer awareness of gambling management tools and attitudes towards gambling (the last of which again shows diminishing trust in gambling, down now to 33% from 49% in […]

Scottish MUP for alcohol set at 50p

Scottish Health Secretary, Shona Robison, has today confirmed that the Scottish Government will recommend the minimum price per unit (“MUP”) of alcohol should be set at 50 pence. The decision was made following analysis of a public consultation (on which we previously reported, and which can be downloaded, here), and the recommended price will now […]

Gambling Commission publishes “Customer Interaction” guidance for remote gambling operators

Coinciding with publication of (a) the William Hill Online Public Statement and (b) the RGA’s Behavioural Analytics Good Practice Guidelines, the Gambling Commission has published “Customer interaction – guidance for remote gambling operators” (that can be downloaded below). The Commission says that:“customer interaction describes how you identify people who may be experiencing, or at risk of […]