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Unprecedented joint action to prevent gambling ads appealing to children

The Gambling Commission, the Committee of Advertising Practice, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Remote Gambling Association  have joined forces to send a letter to holders of operating licences granted by the Gambling Commission, advising them to amend or remove immediately any advertisements on their websites or in third party media that are: likely to appeal […]

Reminder: New RTS requirements in force on 1 October 2017

As we have previously pointed out, the following new Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (“RTS”) requirements will come into force on 1 October 2017: Live dealer studios (based on existing standards/practice and new requirement makes the Gambling Commission’s position clear) Peer-to-peer poker Use of third party software Linked progressive jackpots Virtual sports odds Information security […]

Supreme Court judgment in the Hemming v Westminster Council licensing fees case

Representing a landmark decision that will enable councils and other licence fee charging bodies to recover regulatory and enforcement costs in addition to the administrative costs of granting a licence, the Supreme Court has today delivered its judgment in the case of R (on the application of Hemming (t/a Simply Pleasure Ltd) and others) (Respondents) v Westminster […]

New Money Laundering Regulations come into force

The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 were laid in Parliament on 22nd June 2017 and came into force yesterday, 26th June 2017. They can be accessed here. This follows a period of transposition of the 4th EU Money Laundering Directive and consultation by H.M. Treasury. The 2017 Regulations replace […]

The chips are down for the GBGA

In a judgment delivered yesterday 13 June 2017 (that can be downloaded below), the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has delivered its preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 56 and Article 355(3) TFEU, pursuant to a request so to do by the UK’s High Court of Justice. Its ruling is that “Article 355(3) TFEU, in conjunction with Article 56 […]

Gambling Commission response to RTS consultation published

The Gambling Commission has published its response to its October 2016 Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS) consultation. Its response document can be downloaded below. The Commission’s RTS consultation proposed a number of measures designed to ensure that consumers are provided with sufficient information to make informed choices about their gambling activity. The Commission believes that its revisions to the RTS […]

Parliamentary Commissioner upholds ABB complaint against FOBTs APPG

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has upheld a complaint by the Association of British Bookmakers that the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All-Party Parliamentary Group had breached transparency rules applying to such groups when reporting on an inquiry they had conducted into FOBTs. The findings of that report (on which we reported here) were submitted in […]

Revised section 182 Guidance published

The Home Office has published the latest edition of its Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, incorporating revisions necessitated by recent changes to the law introduced by the Immigration Act 2016 and the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The revised Guidance can be accessed here or downloaded below.