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.

Gambling Commission clarifies existing customer funds protection ratings information requirement

Gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission must disclose information to customers about whether customer funds are protected, the level of such protection and the method by which this is achieved and follow the Commission’s published rating system in their disclosure to customers. By today 2 February 2015, the information had to be made available to the […]

ICE Totally Gaming 2015

ICE Totally Gaming, the biggest UK event in gambling – Betting, Bingo, Casino, Lottery, Mobile, Online, Social, Sports Betting and Street – is taking place at ExCel London on 3, 4 & 5 February 2015. We would love to meet up with old friends, our clients and prospective new clients alike, so please let us know […]

Gambling Commission publishes ADR Directive update

The Gambling Commission has published an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive update, explaining that gambling operators will have to ensure that they use ADR entities approved by the Commission once the Directive is implemented (which will occur by July 2015). The Commission states that it will be providing further information on the timetable and process for approving […]

Personal licence renewals (and new “simplified” renewal application form)

David Clifton summarises the renewal process for those personal licence holders whose Licensing Act 2003 personal licences will expire early this year. Since writing this article, the Government has approved The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 with the consequence that a new “simplified” renewal application form may be used for all such renewals pending […]

Lotteries – DCMS call for evidence

DCMS is suggesting that the characteristics that once made The National Lottery, society lotteries and the commercial gambling sector distinct, are now less clear, particularly in light of the rapid developments recently seen in the society lottery and commercial gambling sector. It states that “the Government is committed to ensuring that all lotteries are able to maintain […]

Gambling Commission to appeal Greene King bingo licence decision

It has been reported in today’s Publican’s Morning Advertiser that the Gambling Commission is looking to appeal the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision to allow Greene King a bingo licence, in order to stop commercial gambling “spreading to pubs”. More detail can be found at http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/General-News/Gambling-Commission-to-appeal-Greene-King-bingo-licence-decision For our report on the First-Tier Tribunal’s decision, see our previous article at http://cliftondavies.com/greene-king-wins-appeal-gambling-commission-refusal-grant-bingo-operating-licence/ [Since posting […]

Update: application form for renewal of personal licences under the Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act (Personal Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 have been laid before Parliament. Subject to Parliamentary approval, they will come into force on 5 January 2015 meaning that, from that date, it will be possible for affected personal-licence holders to use a new “simplified” renewal application form – a draft of which can be accessed via the […]