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First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

In this month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton provides his initial comments on the Gambling Commission’s advice, that was published earlier today, in which it identified a package of measures that – taken together – could “form a coherent strategy for tackling harm in relation to machine play”, that will undoubtedly have a […]

GB bookies rush for compliance after William Hill fine

David Clifton is quoted in the front page article of the March 2018 edition of iGaming Times entitled “GB bookies rush for compliance after Will Hill fine” (that can be downloaded below), commenting on the £6.2million penalty package suffered by WHG (International) Limited after the Gambling Commission found “systemic” failings within its AML and social responsibility processes.

Pubs Code proves to be no panacea

In his article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton focuses on the Pubs Code that came into force in July 2016, commenting that far from it providing the panacea hoped for by pub companies and tenants alike, both the Code and the appointment of Paul Newby as the PCA […]

Are “Bet Now!” advertisements now prohibited?

David Clifton is quoted in an iGaming Business article by Scott Longley, entitled “It’s a shame about Ray”, about the new CAP guidance aimed at restricting “Bet Now” offers such as bet365’s long-running and hugely successful TV advertising campaigns. That article can be downloaded below. Our assessment of the position in relation to such advertisements is as follows: […]

William Hill this week …. Who will it be next week?

In an article for SBC News (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton draws attention to the lessons to be learned by the wider industry from this week’s £6.2 million financial penalty imposed by the Gambling Commission on William Hill Online for “systemic” failings in its AML and social responsibility processes.

Compliance in the wake of William Hill failures

Hot on the heels of publication by the Gambling Commission of a Public Statement concerning the regulatory settlement achieved with William Hill Online, resulting in a penalty package of £6.2 million for “systemic” failings in its AML and social responsibility processes, iGaming Business has commissioned, and published today, an article by David Clifton (accessible here for iGaming Business […]

David Clifton comments on forthcoming “Bet Now!” advertising restriction

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “UK Advertising Guidelines Target ‘Bet Now!’ Marketing” (downloadable below) that focuses on tougher standards on gambling advertising coming into effect on 2 April 2018 that will “restrict ads that create an inappropriate sense of urgency like those including “Bet Now!” offers during live events”. You can read more […]

“Fairness and openness”- the shape of things to come in the GB-licensed sector

On 25 January 2018, the Gambling Commission launched a consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“  on proposed changes to its Licence conditions and codes of practice (“LCCP”). The closing date for responses is 5pm on 22 April 2018. This was followed a week later by an announcement by the Competition […]