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.

Pilot Night Time Enterprise Zone announced by Mayor of London

In a move likely to be welcomed by many in the hospitality industry, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a new Night Time Enterprise Zone programme intended to boost the capital’s high streets at night, alongside what is described as “an innovative new partnership” to support London’s live music scene. London boroughs have been […]

Beware the Gambling Commission’s change of corporate control process

Yesterday, the Gambling Commission announced that with, effect from 18 June 2019, it is revoking the operating licence of a Malta-based remote casino operator, Maxent Limited (trading most recently as MaxEnt, with the domain names betat.co.uk and slottyvegas.com). Its regulatory sanctions register entry states as follows: After a hearing before the Regulatory Panel, the Commission has decided to revoke […]

ESSA rebrands as International Betting Integrity Association

Reflecting its increasingly international focus, particularly in relation to the role it plays in raising awareness of betting-related integrity issues worldwide, the sports betting integrity monitoring body European Sports Security Association (“ESSA”) has rebranded itself as the International Betting Integrity Association. Its press release announcing the rebranding can be downloaded below.  

New Hampshire District Court rules on Wire Act

We have reported previously on: the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) Opinion memorandum from the Office of Legal Counsel (“OLC”) dated 2 November 2018, reversing its previous (2011) interpretation of section 1084(a) of the Federal Wire Act, and the subsequent judicial challenge to that reversal filed on behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission. Yesterday, the New Hampshire […]

ASA and CAP publish annual report

On 20 May 2019, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) published their Annual Report 2018 (that you can download below). The report reveals that more ads have been amended or withdrawn than ever before. The ASA states on its website that “in a year when online cases [i.e. paid ads online and […]

Latest UK gambling industry statistics published

The Gambling Commission has today published its current gambling Industry Statistics report, covering the period October 2017 to September 2018. Such statistics are derived from the data provided by UK licence holders through their regulatory returns. They are published twice a year (in May and November) in order to provide the latest information on each sector that is regulated […]

GambleAware annual fundraising letter confirms no change to minimum donation guideline

One of the principal questions arising from publication last month of the Gambling Commission’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms is “who will pay for all that is sought to be achieved?”, as David Clifton discusses in his current Licensing Expert article for SBC News. GambleAware has just launched its annual fundraising drive by writing a letter to the […]

UK stakeholders point towards ‘safety first’ approach to player protection

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News (entitled “UK stakeholders point towards ‘safety first’ approach to player protection”), David Clifton picks up on themes explored at last week’s KnowNow Player Protection Forum, with a particular focus on: the Gambling Commission’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms and the crucial question arising from the new strategy: “who […]

The evaluation of safer gambling products and processes

The Gambling Commission has posted on its website details of a further co-creation workshop that it has hosted, on this occasion on the subject of the evaluation of safer gambling products and processes. The Commission reports as follows in relation to what it terms “Project Minerva”: On 29 March the Commission’s Insight Team hosted a co-creation workshop […]

Safer gambling – Review of the current player protection landscape

Yesterday David Clifton and Suzanne Davies jointly presented the opening session at the excellent KnowNow Player Protection Forum event in London. David also chaired the event throughout the day. David and Suzanne’s presentation – by way of a review of the current player protection landscape – can be downloaded below. Some highly complimentary LinkedIn reviews of […]