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.

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 […]

Greene King wins appeal against Gambling Commission refusal to grant a bingo operating licence

The First-Tier Tribunal has quashed the Gambling Commission’s refusal to grant pub retailer and brewer Greene King a bingo operating licence, enabling Greene King to proceed with applications for bingo premises licences for its pubs. Whether or not to grant such licences (with their accompanying greater machine entitlements) will be a matter for the licensing authorities to […]

Using digital marketing to overcome upcoming TV advertising revisions in the gambling market

You can download below David Clifton’s notes on regulatory issues in relation to the topic of “Using digital marketing to overcome upcoming TV advertising revisions in the gambling market”, arising from his participation in a panel session on 3 December 2014 at “Future iGaming” (billed as “The Only Event Addressing Innovations in Marketing for the iGaming Industry”)

Philip Graf’s speech to BACTA

We have commented previously that speeches made by the Gambling Commission’s chairman provide a valuable insight into the Commission’s thinking insofar as policy issues are concerned. This is certainly true of his most recent speech, namely that delivered to BACTA on 27 November 2014, that you can download below, in which he touches on the […]