Archive | April, 2016

David Clifton comments in WOGLR on Budget announcements affecting the gambling industry

David Clifton comments in World Online Gambling Report’s headline article on last month’s Budget announcements affecting the gambling industry. With effect from 1 August 2017, the tax treatment of discounted and free gaming for remote gaming duty purposes will be amended to bring it into line with the treatment for general betting duty purposes of free and […]

Lessons to be learned from failures at GalaCoral Group

As part of a regulatory settlement concluding a Gambling Commission investigation, GalaCoral Group Limited has agreed to forfeit more than £846,000 and to take steps to improve its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes. The investigation related to the way two companies within the GalaCoral Group (Coral Racing Limited and Gala Interactive (Gibraltar) Limited) handled their relationship with […]

A little of what you fancy does no good

Suzanne Davies focuses on national and local government attempts to improve our diets. By way of update to the first Q&A on the Pub & Bar Legal Page (that can be downloaded below), see and The Licensing Act 2003 (Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Licensing Hours) Order 2016 has now been approved.

BOFCON 2016 “Is the betting industry doing enough in the fight against corruption?”

On 21 April 2016 at the Betting on Football Conference 2016, Suzanne Davies moderated a panel session on the battle against match-fixing and wider sports corruption. SBC News’ report on Suzanne’s session can be downloaded below. A summary and video recap of the conference produced by can be accessed at

ICO’s statement on the implications of Brexit for data protection

David Clifton’s recent article for SBC News focused on the General Data Protection Regulation that comes into force in mid-2018, replacing the current EU Data Protection Directive. It will be directly applicable in all EU Member States, without the need for any domestic legislation to implement it. In his article David commented that “this will be […]

Relaxation of Licensing Hours for Queen’s 90th birthday: Update

The draft Licensing Act 2003 (Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Licensing Hours) Order 2016 has been laid before Parliament for approval. If approved, as must surely be inevitable, it will extend licensing hours for 2 hours beginning at 11pm on each of 10 June and 11 June 2016 for premises licences and club premises certificates which ordinarily authorise licensable activities […]

The General Data Protection Regulation

Even greater focus on the need for betting (and other gambling) operators to protect customers’ personal data and to prevent data breaches will be required when the General Data Protection Regulation comes into force in mid-2018. In this month’s “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News, David Clifton reports on particular aspects of the GDPR that will be of […]