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.

Litigation concludes on Southampton large casino decision

The Court of Appeal has refused to allow Global Gaming Ventures (Southampton) Limited permission to appeal against the February 2017 judgment of Mr Justice Baker dismissing an application for judicial review of the decision of Southampton City Council to grant a large casino licence to Aspers (on which we reported here). The Court of Appeal’s decision is reported on the […]

Consultation on reform of the administration of the Horserace Betting Levy

DCMS has published a consultation (and accompanying De Minimis assessment) on proposals to reform the administration of the Horserace Betting Levy using a Legislative Reform Order (“LRO”), which would result in the closure of the Horserace Betting Levy Board (“HBLB”) and the transfer of its functions to other bodies. The key elements of the Government’s proposal, designed to […]

House of Lords debates Select Committee report on the Licensing Act 2003

In a House of Lords debate on 20 December 2017, Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Chair of the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003, moved the following motion: “That this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003, The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny (Session 2016–17, HL Paper […]

Last chance saloon

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton says that in all his 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry he can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public […]

Cross-party support for deregulation of society lottery financial limits

An important Parliamentary debate (on the future of society lotteries, the Health Lottery and limits on prize values) took place on 12 December, the same day that the Gambling Commission announced forthcoming requirements intended to make it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales goes. The debate (that can be viewed on parliamentlive.tv and the […]

Joint action by the CMA and Gambling Commission continues on unfair practices and promotions

At the Gambling Commission’s “Raising Standards” Conference last month, George Lusty, Project Director at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’), outlined changes that the CMA is expecting from operators to address the CMA’s and the Commission’s concerns around unfair practices, as part of the two bodies’ joint work on the matter. In an article […]

Regulatory returns guidance published

As a result of the Gambling Commission’s Regulatory Data consultation (in November 2016), it has now published guidance on regulatory returns due to be submitted from April 2018. The relevant guidance can be accessed by following the appropriate link below: Regulatory returns guidance for AGCs Regulatory returns guidance for betting Regulatory returns guidance for bingo Regulatory returns […]

LCCP changes for lotteries and ELMs in force from April 2018

The Gambling Commission has announced today new forthcoming requirements intended to make it easier for consumers to understand where money raised from society lottery ticket sales goes. From 4 April 2018, changes to the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) will require all lottery promoters to: make it clear to consumers before they […]

Young people gambling report makes headline news

The Gambling Commission’s newly published “Young people and gambling 2017” report featured heavily in last night’s BBC News and today’s newspaper headlines, that include: “25,000 children in Britain are problem gamblers, report finds” – The Guardian “Skin betting: ‘Children as young as 11 introduced to gambling” – BBC News “UK Gambling Commission warns ½ million […]

RGA calls for introduction of a statutory levy

The RGA has called on the Government to introduce a statutory levy to replace the current system of voluntary funding for research, education, and treatment of problem gambling and to ensure that the National Responsible Gambling Strategy is properly funded. Its rationale for so doing is described in its press release (that can be downloaded below) as being its […]