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.

New National Responsible Gambling Strategy consultation commenced

The Gambling Commission has commenced a consultation on: five proposed priority areas for action over the life of a new National Responsible Gambling Strategy to minimise gambling-related harms, in view of the fact that the present strategy comes to an end in March 2019, a proposed amendment to the LCCP social responsibility code provision 3.1.1 requirement for gambling […]

David Clifton to deliver annual GREF lecture in February 2019

David Clifton is honoured to have been invited by the Gaming Regulators European Forum (“GREF”) to deliver their annual lecture at 5pm on Tuesday 5 February 2019 at ExCel London. To be delivered to an audience of gambling regulators from Europe and beyond, David’s lecture will be entitled “Gambling advertising – Turn down the volume or turn it off?”. The following represents a […]

RGA agrees a “whistle-to-whistle” TV sports betting advertising ban … or does it?

The gambling advertising debate might have taken a further significant move forward today, dependent on whether BBC Sport’s headline article this morning entitled “Gambling firms agree ‘whistle-to-whistle’ television sport advertising ban” (that can be downloaded below) has correctly reported that members of the Remote Gambling Association (“RGA”) have agreed to ensure that no TV advertisements by betting operators for any sport […]

Machine machinations?

In her article for this month’s “Legal” page for Pub & Bar Magazine entitled “Machine machinations?”, Suzanne Davies advises how to improve your prospects of obtaining more gaming machines in your pub or bar. The theme for this article was driven by the pub industry media headlines from the end of August 2018, reporting on the interim refusal […]

Diversity in health, research, consumers & business

Yesterday we attended the sixth annual GambleAware Harm Minimisation conference that this year focused on the role of diversity in reducing gambling-related harms, with four sessions addressing the issues of diversity in: health, research, consumers and business. You can download below the speeches delivered at the conference by each of: Kate Lampard (Chair of GambleAware) Neil […]

Launch of new online personal functional licence application service

The Gambling Commission has announced the launch of its “improved online personal functional licence application service” that is available for use as from today, 4 December 2018. The Commission’s website states as follows: The service gives applicants an efficient, streamlined and improved service.  It follows the in line with the GOV.UK design, making it quicker and […]

Use your licence or risk losing it!

Earlier this month, the Gambling Commission revoked the combined remote casino, general betting standard (real event), and gambling software operating licence of Lucky 8 Limited under section 119 of the Gambling Act 2005 on the ground that it was unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities. More particularly, one of the grounds for revocation was that the […]

Remember this November as the month that changed gambling (in the UK at least)

In his monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News entitled “Remember this November as the month that changed gambling” (that you can download below), David Clifton comments not only on today’s announcement of: the total of nearly £7 million in financial penalties imposed on two further online casino operators for AML and social responsibility breaches and the Gambling Commission holding individuals to […]

Gambling Commission will hold individuals to account where they are responsible for an operator’s failings

As reported by us earlier today, following operating licence reviews conducted by the Gambling Commission, Casumo Services Limited has been ordered to pay a financial penalty of £5.85 million and Videoslots Limited (t/a www.videoslots.com) will pay £1 million in lieu of a financial penalty. This has closely followed the £7.1 million fine imposed on Daub Alderney Limited. What is […]

Two more online casinos and their senior management heavily penalised for AML and social responsibility failings

As anticipated, the Gambling Commission’s ongoing investigation into the way the industry combats problem gambling and money laundering has resulted in enforcement action being taken against yet further online casino companies. We have already reported (on 13 November) on the £7.1 million fine imposed on Daub Alderney Limited. Today, the Commission has announced that, following […]