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Multiple UK online casinos breached longstanding AML rules

David Clifton is quoted in an ACAMS news article entitled Multiple UK Online Casinos Breached Longstanding AML Rules (downloadable below) concerning the letter sent by the Gambling Commission on 4 January 2018 to all online casino operators licensed by it, raising concerns about the sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility and setting out the actions the remote casino sector is required to take with […]

What gambling operators must do to address the CMA’s unfair practices concerns

David Clifton’s article for Online Gambling Lawyer entitled “Joint action by the CMA and Gambling Commission continues on unfair practices and promotions”, to which we referred in a previous website posting, can now be downloaded below. In his article, David discusses the concerns relating to unfair practices that have so far been at the centre of the CMA’s […]

A potentially lethal parting shot

In his monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, David Clifton comments: on the Gambling Commission’s letter sent last week to all of its licensed online casino operators, in which it raised serious concerns about the remote casino sector’s approach to anti-money laundering and social responsibility and set out actions that the sector is required to take with […]

Last chance saloon

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton says that in all his 35 years advising the UK’s gambling industry he can think of no time when it has been so besieged with adverse criticism from the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition, regulators, the media and the general public […]

Joint action by the CMA and Gambling Commission continues on unfair practices and promotions

At the Gambling Commission’s “Raising Standards” Conference last month, George Lusty, Project Director at the UK Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’), outlined changes that the CMA is expecting from operators to address the CMA’s and the Commission’s concerns around unfair practices, as part of the two bodies’ joint work on the matter. In an article […]

Minimum unit pricing update

In her article for Pub & Bar (that can be downloaded below), Suzanne Davies comments on the likely consequences of the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Scottish MUP case. As mentioned in Suzanne’s article, MUP for alcohol – likely to be fixed (subject to consultation) at 50p a unit – will come into force in Scotland […]

Loot boxes – gambling or not gambling?

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article entitled “Loot boxes – gambling or not gambling?”  We have reported on this subject recently ourselves and the Gambling Commission’s 24 November website posting headed “Loot boxes within video games” can be downloaded below. In our view: The recent Gambling Commission posting says nothing new as it essentially re-states […]

UK gaming machine consultation maintains status quo for casinos

David Clifton writes for Casino Life about the consequences for British land-based casinos of the 31 October announcement by Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch of a 12-week consultation that covers Government proposals relating to: maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes on […]

Do “loot boxes” in online games constitute gambling?

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “Fresh Loot Box Controversy Sparks Regulator Investigations”. In the article (that can be downloaded below), David: expresses the view that the Gambling Commission is unlikely to move against loot boxes in the near future, but may become more inclined to take action as in-game items are […]