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.

Don’t miss an extra hour of trade when BST ends

Sad news for all of us who prefer warmer weather and lighter evenings – two weeks tonight (at 2am Sunday 28 October 2018), British Summer Time comes to an end. Good news for late night operators though, because at that very same time the clocks go back one hour to 1am, meaning that licensed premises entitled to […]

Rank Group incurs £500,000 penalty for failing to protect a VIP problem gambler

Pursuant to a regulatory settlement announced today by the Gambling Commission, the Rank Group PLC (t/a Grosvenor Casinos and online at www.grosvenorcasinos.com) is to pay £500,000 for failing to follow Gambling Commission rules that protect problem gamblers. The full terms of the penalty package are set out as follows in a Public Statement, that can be downloaded below: […]

David Clifton to speak at Eastern European Gaming Summit

David Clifton is to speak at the Eastern European Gaming Summit (“EEGC”) which takes place at the Inter Expo Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 20 & 21 November 2018. Reflecting the increasing extent to which gambling and advertising regulators (as well as consumer protection agencies like the Competition and Markets Authority and Information Commissioner’s Office in […]

Night-time economy report provides boost for late-night licensed operators in England

The Local Government Information Unit (“LGiU”) and the Portman Group have published the results of their survey of over 100 council leaders, cabinet members, chief officers and service directors in English local authorities on their approach to managing the evening and night time economy in order to to determine how local government views: their local night time […]

Updated guidance on blockchain technology and crypto-assets

In its latest fortnightly e-bulletin published today, the UK Gambling Commission has reported receipt of interest from various stakeholders about the use of cryptocurrencies (such as Bitcoin or Ether) or blockchain technology, whether this is as a currency to be used for gambling, as a way to fund a gambling business (both new and existing) […]

Gambling Commission calls for debate on gambling advertising and sponsorship

David Clifton was present at yesterday’s excellent Know Now “Responsible Marketing for Gambling Operators” conference when Ian Angus, the Gambling Commission’s Programme Director for Consumer Protection & Empowerment (pictured below, speaking at the conference) called for “a proper and constructive debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements in sport”, justifiably warning that it would be unwise […]

U.S. House Judiciary Committee debates potential federal regulation of sports betting

  On Thursday 27 September – more than 19 weeks after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the federal ban on sports betting (established by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992) was unconstitutional – the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a 1½-hour long hearing on the potential for federal regulation of […]

Two successes in one for Suzanne Davies!

Two successes in one! Acting for a landlord of Central London premises within the “West End cumulative impact area”, Suzanne Davies (pictured below) has recently successfully applied for a “shadow licence”, i.e. a second premises licence for a property in which the tenant operates its late-night live music business under its own pre-existing separate premises licence. Not only that, […]