Archive | November, 2016

New gambling advertising eLearning module

As mentioned in David Clifton’s October 2016 article for SBC News, according to a recent report, over a quarter of complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority relate to betting and gaming adverts. It is therefore timely that the Committee of Advertising Practice has launched “Responsible Ads: Gambling Advertising” a new CAP eLearning module designed to provide gambling […]

The UK gambling sector: market developments, regulation and the impact of Brexit

David Clifton will be speaking on the subject of “Examining key policy and regulatory priorities: Brexit, tax and forthcoming legislation” at the Westminster eForum seminar “The UK gambling sector: market developments, regulation and the impact of Brexit” that will take place in Central London on Tuesday 14 March 2017 (between 1pm and 5pm). Also confirmed so far as […]

DCMS Entertainment Licensing 2016 statistics published

DCMS has published its Entertainment Licensing 2016 Statistical Release that shows that: there were 118,000 premises licences authorising regulated entertainment in force in England and Wales on 31 March 2016, representing a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to 119,700 licences on 31 March 2014 premises licences accounted for 91.5 per cent of the total number of […]

Food Standards Agency annual report on food law enforcement

The Food Standards Agency has published its annual report – – on UK local authority food law enforcement for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. A summary of the key findings for the returns made in 2015/16 is provided at Section 2 of the report. Section 3 outlines the levels of returns for […]

Gambling Commission publishes latest industry statistics

The Gambling Commission has published Industry Statistics for the regulated gambling industry in Great Britain covering the period April 2013 to March 2016, that can be accessed at The headline findings are as follows: Total Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry (Apr 2015 – Mar 2016) is £13.6billion Total number of […]

Changes to the Commission’s AML guidance for casinos

In the inaugural edition of Online Gambling Lawyer (formerly World Online Gambling Law Report), David Clifton outlines the key points from the Gambling Commission’s updated AML guidance for remote and non-remote casinos, and explains how this updated guidance fits into a changing landscape of AML requirements for gambling operators.

Gambling Commission consultation on Regulatory Data Collection

The Gambling Commission has published a consultation setting out its proposals to change some parts of the information that it requires licensed operators to provide to it. The consultation document can be downloaded below. Its main focus is on regulatory returns data, which all operators are required to complete and submit as a condition of their […]

Crackdown on use of personal data by affiliates in the online gambling sector

In a move welcomed by the Gambling Commission, the Information Commissioner’s Office is targeting more than 400 companies believed to be using people’s personal details to promote online gambling websites. As part of its investigation into large numbers of spam texts linked to the gambling sector, the ICO is writing to companies identified as being involved in affiliate […]