Archive | June, 2017

Online gambling operators face CMA enforcement action

It was announced on 23 June that, following a joint programme of work by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Gambling Commission to tackle concern about whether consumers are being treated fairly by online gambling operators, a number of such operators are facing enforcement action because of suspected breaches of consumer protection law. Both […]

GBGA Tax Ruling – Are all bets now off in Gibraltar?

David Clifton comments in his monthly Licensing Expert article for SBC News on the judgment delivered on 13 June 2017 by the Court of Justice of the European Union, that appears to have effectively put paid to the force of the arguments by the Gibraltar Betting & Gaming Association that gambling operators based in Gibraltar (but licensed […]

87% drop in gambling adverts on copyright infringing websites

The Gambling Commission has announced that, through a joint operation run by the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) and the Commission, there has been an 87% drop in advertisements placed for gambling operators on illegal websites that infringe copyright in the last twelve months. As explained in the PIPCU news release […]

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 […]

Parliamentary briefing paper on licensing issues relating to lap dancing venues

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper on licensing issues relating to “lap dancing venues”, otherwise known as “table-dancing venues” or “sexual entertainment venues” (as they were classified in the Policing and Crime Act 2009). That Act gave those local authorities who chose to adopt the legislation the power to regulate such venues as sex […]

Advertising of e-cigarette products explained

For those readers whose business sells e-cigarettes, a recently published House of Commons briefing paper entitled “Advertising of e-cigarette products” provides interesting reading material. It can be downloaded below. By way of background, on 20 May 2016, the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 implemented the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU) into UK law. As a result […]

Welcome break for the sector on money laundering exemptions

David Clifton explains why the UK Government’s decision to exempt all gambling sectors apart from casinos from the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 is somewhat inconsistent with the Gambling Commission’s views. You can read more about this subject in our website postings here and here and in David’s comments for SBC News and Online Gambling Lawyer.