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.

Here comes summer!

The clocks “spring forward” at 1am during the early morning on Sunday 27 March, when the time automatically changes to 2am. If you trade beyond 1am, your premises licence may permit an additional hour’s trading for the start of British Summer Time. However, if it does not, you will lose an hour of your Saturday […]

Time for bookmakers to wake up and smell the coffee on AML rules

Following publication by the Gambling Commission of a public statement highlighting failures in Paddy Power’s anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes, David Clifton takes a look at the increasing focus by the Gambling Commission on operators’ AML processes and, with the forthcoming implementation within the UK’s domestic legislation of the fourth EU Money Laundering Directive and the seemingly inevitable […]

Gambling Commission publishes new research on online gambling trends

The Gambling Commission has published research statistics figures providing better insight into gambling behaviour in Britain covering participation in gambling, perceptions of gambling and rates of problem gambling. For the first time, information is provided about how people gamble online – the devices they use to gamble, where they gamble, and the number of accounts they use. The […]

Updated House of Commons Library Briefing Paper on FOBTs

Last year we reported on publication by the House of Commons Library of a briefing paper on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (B2 gaming machines) http://cliftondavies.com/fobts-what-now/ In April 2015 the Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 came into force. The Regulations require those wanting to stake over £50 on a B2 machine to load cash via […]

Assets of Community Value

Coinciding with a demolished London pub (the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale) being listed as an asset of community value, David Clifton summarises the ACV process as it presently applies to pubs

Gambling Commission wins Greene King bingo appeal

The Gambling Commission has today announced on its website that the Upper Tribunal has found that the Commission acted within its powers when it refused to grant Greene King a bingo operating licence to provide commercial bingo in its pubs. At a hearing in London, Greene King’s lawyers argued that the Commission had exceeded its […]