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.

Responsible Gambling Effectiveness Principles represent a first of their type in the U.S.

In February 2019, we wrote about work then being undertaken  in the United States by the Responsible Gambling Collaborative (“RG Collaborative”), an organisation established during 2018 by the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) to: conduct a comprehensive review of current responsible gaming policies and regulations, identify programs that work and those that fail to meet their objective, study regulations […]

New Money Laundering Regulations and updated AML/CTF guidance for casinos come into force today

As previously reported by us, the Gambling Commission announced as follows on 20 December 2019: The updated Money Laundering Regulations, which implement the EU 5th Money Laundering Directive, will come into force on 10 January 2020. On this date, the Gambling Commission …. will also publish the 5th edition of its guidance for remote and non-remote casinos […]

More choppy waters ahead in Parliament for the UK licensed gambling industry

An ‘Urgent Question on the deal between the FA and Bet365’ has provoked furious parliamentary debate. The Question was raised in the House of Commons today (8 January 2020) by Carolyn Harris MP (Chair of the Gambling Related Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group, whose interim report relating to its Online Gambling Harm Inquiry was published on 4 November 2019). It arose in […]

“Nothing off the table” for Gambling Act review – Time to rally the troops

With the UK General Election now done and dusted, a review of gambling legislation is soon to follow in line with the Conservative Party’s manifesto promise. A “Comment” piece on this subject by David Clifton is on page 28 of the current edition of iGaming Times. Entitled “Time to rally the troops” David’s article (that can be downloaded below) explains that the UK […]

VIP problem gambling controversies hit the headlines again

David Clifton is quoted in a GamblingCompliance article entitled “UK Gambling Data Fuels High-Roller Controversies” (that can be downloaded below). The article focuses on a story featured within The Guardian newspaper on 2 January 2020 bearing the heading: “Report shows betting industry’s reliance on problem gamblers – Exclusive: Regulator considers banning VIP schemes after betting firm data reveals widespread use”, and reporting […]

Gambling Commission publishes list of organisations to which RET contributions may be made

The UK Gambling Commission has now published its initial list of organisation to which its licence-holders may direct their annual financial contribution for gambling research, prevention and treatment. As originally reported by us on 2 August 2019, with effect from 1 January 2020 all such annual financial contributions (as required by the LCCP SR code 3.1.1) must […]

Tied into success – the PGB Codes of Practice

In his article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine legal page entitled “Tied into success – the PGB Codes of Practice” (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton comments on: the annual Pub Governing Body (PGB) audit (downloadable below), the search for the next Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) and the most recent British Beer and Pub Association […]

Gambling Commission advice regarding cryptoassets and the amended Money Laundering Regulations

Further to our recent website posting entitled “Urgent action required by all UK licensed casino operators to implement AML changes in force from 10 January 2020”, the Gambling Commission has published the following announcement on its website advising its licensed operators to verify whether any business activities (including where cryptoasset money service business facilities are offered […]

The Shape of Things to Come

In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s General Election, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson holding a solid majority in Parliament, David Clifton has written an article entitled “The Shape of Things to Come” for the December 2019 edition of Casino Life – pages 33-35. In his article (that can be downloaded below), David looks at what the election […]

Kibou comes to London soon

Last week, Suzanne Davies overcame objections from both local residents and statutory authorities to succeed in obtaining a premises licence for Kibou in Northcote Road London SW11. Kibou’s mission is to serve, in the friendliest of atmospheres, authentic Japanese food, alongside a variety of sake and other Japanese alcoholic beverages. We feel sure that when […]