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 emergency coronavirus regulations provide immediate powers to close hospitality, leisure and gambling premises

New emergency regulations providing coronavirus-related closure powers – The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 – came into effect at 2pm today (Saturday 21 March 2020). You can download the Regulations below. The government’s Explanatory Note to the Regulations states as follows: These Regulations require the closure of businesses selling food or drink for consumption on […]

Government tells pubs, clubs, restaurants, casinos etc to close and announces further financial support

At the daily coronavirus press conference this evening (20 March 2019), the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the following: The government is now telling pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants (subsequently extended during his speech to clubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres) “to close tonight as soon […]

Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 commences its parliamentary passage

The Coronavirus Bill 2019-21 was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on 19 March 2020. MPs will next consider the Bill (that currently extends to 329 pages in total) on Monday 23 March 2020 before it progresses to the House of Lords. Given the rapidly increasing depth of the coronavirus […]

UKGC – “business as normal” but COVID-19 guidance contains a particular warning for online operators

In part, by way of response to queries raised by some licensees regarding consequences on their business of the current coronavirus crisis, the UK Gambling Commission has published “Guidance in light of COVID-19 outbreak” on its website. The guidance (that you can download below) is generally in the nature of a “business as normal” announcement in terms of […]

Consequential changes arising from all UKGC staff now working from home

The Gambling Commission has today published the following notification on its website: COVID-19 and licence applications All of our colleagues are now working from home. This will mean some changes are required to ensure we can continue to determine applications in Licensing. Operating Licences, New, Variations and Changes We kindly ask that you do not […]

Planning rules to be relaxed to allow pubs & restaurants to provide hot food & drink takeaway service

As a further reaction to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, the government has today (18 March 2020) announced a relaxation of planning rules so that so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak. The key points are as follows: The government will set out measures so that pubs and restaurants can operate […]

4th operating licence suspension (pending review) within one month

The UK Gambling Commission has today published the following information notice on its website, which constitutes its fourth suspension – within a one month period – of an operating licence pending a licence review : Information notice – Multi Media Entertainments Limited The Gambling Commission has undertaken a Licence review under s116 of the Gambling […]

Further financial support for hospitality & leisure businesses affected by the coronavirus crisis

Yesterday (16 March), we incorporated within our “Coronavirus legal guidance – do’s and don’ts” article for Pub & Bar not only (a) reference to the financial support promised to hospitality businesses but also (b) relevant comment arising from the Prime Minister’s statement on coronavirus delivered by him yesterday evening. In particular we focused on Boris Johnson’s comments […]