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High turnover bingo operators and multi-operator self-exclusion requirements

The Gambling Commission has published its response to its May 2016 consultation that sought views on whether some bingo operating licence holders should not be required to participate in a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme. With effect from autumn 2016, the Commission will exempt from the existing code operators that offer exempt bingo, and hold a bingo operating licence (because […]

BHA “Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016” published

Answering a reader’s question in Issue 121 of Pub & Bar magazine, accessible at Suzanne Davies referred to the British Hospitality Associations’s then forthcoming Industry Guide to Good Hygiene Practice: Catering 2016. The Guide has now been published and details can be obtained from the BHA’s website at or downloaded below.

ICO changes its response to the EU Referendum result

We have previously reported on the Information Commissioner’s Office “Statement on the implications of Brexit for data protection”; see Interestingly, since the Referendum result became known, the ICO has published two different statements. The first (published on 24 June 2016) stated as follows: “The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the […]

Implications for remote gambling operators of the Brexit vote

David Clifton is quoted in a WOGLR news report on the implications for remote gambling operators of the UK Referendum vote to leave the European Union. David wrote on the same subject in an SBC News article in advance of the Referendum that is available on our website at 

Warning about facilitating betting on TV programmes or other novelty markets

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to betting operators who facilitate betting on pre-recorded television programmes (such as the Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing) or other novelty markets, following media reports that suggest issues of integrity have arisen. The Commission says that this media reporting “appears to have originated from the operators […]

Imminent deadline to respond to digital advertising consultation

The deadline to respond to the Gambling Commission’s consultation entitled “Placing digital adverts responsibly” (that can be downloaded below) expires on 20 June. It relates to just one new licence condition proposal, the effect of which would be to require licensees to ensure that their advertisements do not appear on websites providing unauthorised access to […]

New and amended LCCP provisions coming into effect in Autumn 2016

We have written about the Gambling Commission’s new requirements to prevent crime associated with gambling; see The Commission has now published an extract of the new and amended LCCP provisions that will come into effect in Autumn 2016. They can be downloaded below.

Gambling operators’ AML risk assessments required from Autumn 2016

David Clifton is extensively quoted in a WOGLR news report on the forthcoming AML changes announced in the Gambling Commission’s recently published amendments to the LCCP that will come into force in Autumn 2016, about which we wrote at The changes do not appear to have been met with widespread opposition from those who responded to the […]

Government consultation on tipping, gratuities, cover and service charges

On 30 August 2015, as reported in Suzanne Davies’ article for Pub & Bar the Government launched an investigation in response to concerns surrounding the treatment and transparency of the payment of tips, gratuities, cover and service charges. Having considered the issue and submissions to the investigation, the Government has published a consultation document […]