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 gambling advertising standards from 1 April 2019 to protect under 18s

The Committees of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) have today published a regulatory statement announcing forthcoming revised guidance containing new standards that are designed to protect children and young people from exposure to gambling advertisements and, as CAP puts it, “from irresponsible gambling ads”. Each of CAP’s regulatory statement and its revised advertising guidance (that will come into effect on 1 April […]

Gambling advertising – turn down the volume or turn it off?

As previously reported, David Clifton was honoured to be invited by the Gaming Regulators European Forum (“GREF”) to deliver their annual lecture. He duly did so during ICE week on 5 February 2019. GREF has kindly agreed that we can publish David’s lecture on our website. Entitled “Gambling advertising – turn down the volume or turn […]

Al fresco time is coming soon!

In her article for this month’s “legal” page for Pub & Bar magazine entitled “Al fresco time is coming soon!”, Suzanne Davies advises how pub and bar operators (and their customers) might benefit from the joys of spring. Downloadable below, her article focuses the process involved in obtaining permission for customers to sit at chairs […]

Collaboration – The Key to Raising Standards

The Q1 2019 edition of Casino & Gaming International – publication of which has coincided with ICE London – contains an article by David Clifton entitled “Collaboration – The Key to Raising Standards!”. David’s article (that can be downloaded below) explains the background to the UK Gambling Commission’s call for greater collaboration by sharing ideas, best […]

Remote gambling operators encouraged to collaborate on ‘customer affordability’

We have already reported on the forthcoming LCCP changes on age and identity verification for remote gambling. In today’s consultation response document relating to those changes (that can be downloaded below), the Commission has confirmed that: it is “not proposing at this stage to introduce a specific licence condition or code to require mandatory account limits” […]

LCCP changes on age and identity verification for remote gambling

In its response to last September’s consultation on age and identity verification for remote gambling, the Gambling Commission has today published a ‘consultation response’ document, announcing changes to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) that will come into force on 7 May 2019. It has also published a summary of the key changes (that, together with […]

Blocked by the bank: Helping hand or troubling precedent?

Comments by David Clifton feature in one of the main news articles in the current edition of iGaming Times, coinciding with ICE 2019. Entitled “Blocked by the bank: Helping hand or troubling precedent?”, the article can be downloaded below. Its opening summary states: With high street banks taking on some of the responsibility for blocking problematic payments, and the […]

The Industry Standard

An article by David Clifton entitled “The Industry Standard” (carrying the opening summary that “a tough year may be over, but the sector needs to come together to face the continuing, and not unrelated, challenges of 2019”) features in the ICE 2019 edition of iGaming Business. The article (that can can be downloaded below) concludes with […]

Has regulatory enforcement in the gambling industry become too strict?

This morning, on the first day of ICE Vox, David Clifton joined the following industry leaders to debate the first Counsel stream motion – “Stricter regulatory enforcement makes consumer protection impossible. Operators must self-regulate instead”: Philip Bowcock, CEO, William Hill, Paris Smith, CEO, Pinnacle, Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Group, Dion Croom, Chairman, Habet Addiction Healthcare Limited and Richard […]