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.

Pubs Code Consultation Part Two published

Part Two of the Pubs Code Consultation, published today, has reacted to concerns from tenant organisations by including a question about the effect of removing from the draft Pubs Code the condition that there must be a proposal for an increase in the rent at rent assessment before a tenant may exercise the MRO option. […]

Gambling Commission launches gaming machines consultation

The Gambling Commission has published a new consultation document, entitled “Controlling where gaming machines may be played”, at the core of which lies the Commission’s view that “primary gambling activity” as a concept is open to misunderstanding and is insufficiently robust to enable effective enforcement both legally and operationally. It therefore suggests its removal from the […]

Forthcoming exempt lottery relaxations

The Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016 has been laid before Parliament for approval. If passed, it will allow incidental non-commercial lotteries to be held at commercial events and allow private society, work and premises lotteries to raise money for charity.

RGA publishes updated AML Guidelines

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has published the Second Edition of its publication, Anti-money laundering: Good practice guidelines for the online gambling industry. The guidelines are designed to help licensed online gambling companies combat the threat of money laundering and terrorist financing in a consistent and effective manner. It covers key areas such as the […]

Gambling Commission P2P online poker review

The Gambling Commission announced in October that it is reviewing its regulations governing peer-to-peer (‘P2P’) online poker. In an article in this month’s World Online Gambling Law Report, David Clifton discusses the first stage of the Commission’s review, which seeks information from licence holders about collusion and cheating, including the use of bots and third party […]

David Clifton article “Keeping gambling free from crime” in iGaming Business

The Gambling Commission recently launched a consultation on proposed amendments to its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice aimed at supporting the Gambling Act 2005 licensing objective “to keep gambling free from crime and from being associated with crime”. David Clifton looks at the main areas of focus in the Commission’s consultation, that runs until 30 December […]