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.

Changes to society lottery and ELM operating licence requirements

The Gambling Commission has commenced a consultation (downloadable below) that will run until 30 September 2017 relating to proposed changes intended to make it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales is going. You can also download the response form below. Included in the proposed new rules for society lottery operators and external […]

ASA advice: “Gambling on your affiliates?”

The Gambling Commission has drawn gambling operators attention to advice recently published by the Advertising Standards Authority (downloadable below) emphasising that, insofar as non-broadcast affiliate marketing for gambling products is concerned, primary responsibility for observing the CAP Code remains with the gambling operator.  

BBPA Guidance on drugs and pubs

The BBPA has published updated guidance on drugs and pubs (produced with input from the Home Office and National Pubwatch) to ensure that licensees and their staff are fully informed and equipped to tackle drug-related issues. Downloadable below, the guidance on keeping a pub drug-free contains useful information on the laws around drugs and licensed premises, as […]

Supreme Court judgment in the Hemming v Westminster Council licensing fees case

Representing a landmark decision that will enable councils and other licence fee charging bodies to recover regulatory and enforcement costs in addition to the administrative costs of granting a licence, the Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the case of R (on the application of Hemming (t/a Simply Pleasure Ltd) and others) (Respondents) v Westminster […]

Gambling Commission issues fantasy football warning

The Gambling Commission is warning organisers of fantasy football leagues that they might require a pool betting operating licence if prize values are determined by the number of paying entrants. The exception to this is where the fantasy football league is not run in the course of a business, or where it is run privately, for example with […]

More of the same in the coming year

The Gambling Commission has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 that are available here or can be downloaded below. The introductory statement by the Commission’s chairman Bill Moyes indicates that the Commission’s key themes are set to continue in the coming year. He says: “The gambling industry provides entertainment that many people value and […]

Grave new world order for British gambling operators

David Clifton explains why two recent events – a Gambling Commission speech at the IAGA International Gaming Summit and the Commission’s new enforcement strategy – have served to disclose a clear dichotomy between: on the one hand, the Commission’s very firmly held opinion that the gambling industry must take its social responsibilities seriously and focus more on what […]