Archive | March, 2018

GB bookies rush for compliance after William Hill fine

David Clifton is quoted in the front page article of the March 2018 edition of iGaming Times entitled “GB bookies rush for compliance after Will Hill fine” (that can be downloaded below), commenting on the £6.2million penalty package suffered by WHG (International) Limited after the Gambling Commission found “systemic” failings within its AML and social responsibility processes.

Pubs Code proves to be no panacea

In his article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton focuses on the Pubs Code that came into force in July 2016, commenting that far from it providing the panacea hoped for by pub companies and tenants alike, both the Code and the appointment of Paul Newby as the PCA […]

David Clifton to moderate Italian panel session at Betting on Football 2018

On 21 March 2018, David Clifton will be moderating a panel session entitled “Italy – Living without the World Cup” on Conference Day 1 of the 5th Betting on Football Conference, being held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Registration details can be accessed here. The conference agenda (that can be downloaded below) poses the following questions for this […]

ASA rules against Broadway Gaming Ltd t/a “RehabBingo” advertisements

In what will seem to many to be a harsh decision, the Advertising Standards Authority (“ASA”) has today ruled that using the term “rehab” (in the context of gambling where players were susceptible to addiction which could cause social, emotional and financial harm) in the following advertisements by Broadway Gaming Limited: on its www.rehabbingo.co.uk website, that featured the brand […]

SBIF publishes third edition of Sports Betting Integrity Plan

The Sports Betting Integrity Forum (“SBIF”) has published the third edition of its Sport and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan 2018 (“SBI Plan”), that can be downloaded below, outlining Britain’s ongoing approach to the integrity of sport and sports betting The first SBI Plan was published in September 2015. The second edition of the SBI […]

Updated AML/CTF Guidance for casinos approved by HM Treasury

The Gambling Commission has announced that HM Treasury has formally approved its “Prevention of money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism” guidance for non-remote and remote casinos. This updated version, containing some minor changes from the guidance previously published in September 2017, can be downloaded below. The Commission states that casino operators (both non-remote and remote) should use […]

Views sought on ‘agent of change’ proposal affecting pubs, nightclubs and music venues

As foreshadowed by a press release on 18 January 2018, the Government has published its National Planning Policy Framework Consultation proposals that seek views on the draft text of a new National Planning Policy Framework. This has considerable relevance for pubs, nightclubs and music venues located close to proposed new housing developments. Paragraph 180 of the draft National Planning […]

Hungary’s online gambling licensing regime breaches EU law

On 28 February 2018, the European Court of Justice (“CJEU”) delivered a judgment in proceedings brought by Sporting Odds Limited against the Nemzeti Adó- és Vámhivatal Központi Irányítása (Central Directorate of the National Tax and Customs Administration, Hungary) concerning a decision by which the latter imposed a fine of approximately €11,306 on the former for offering online casino […]