Archive | February, 2021

Night-time Economy APPG report warns sector is at risk of extinction without urgent Government action

On 27 January 2021, we reported that the Night Time Economy All Party Parliamentary Group (“APPG”) had launched an Inquiry on ‘Covid-19 and the Night-Time Economy’. As part of that Inquiry, a survey was conducted that received over 20,000 responses from consumers, employers, employees, and freelancers in a sector that includes nightclubs, bars, pubs, live […]

New version of UKGC AML/CTF Guidance for casinos published

The Gambling Commission has today (15 February 2021) announced publication of a revised version of its AML and CTF guidance for remote and non-remote casino operators, that comes into immediate effect. Its website announcement reads as follows: Revision to guidance for remote and non-remote casino operators The Gambling Commission has published Revision 2 of the […]

What makes a good quality SAR?

The Gambling Commission has today (10 February 2021) publicised availability of a UK Financial Intelligence Unit (UKFIU) podcast entitled “What makes a good quality SAR?” – accessible here – that “focuses on helping reporters submit good quality Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) to provide maximum benefit to law enforcement”. The Commission goes on to describe the […]

Lease protections – More moratorium or no more moratorium?

A ‘Legal page’ article for (entitled ‘Lease protections – More moratorium or no more moratorium?’) features David Clifton and Suzanne Davies quizzing Real Estate litigation specialist Daniel Swimer of Joelson solicitors on what happens after current Covid-19 related business lease protections for tenants end on 31 March 2021 (if indeed they will). You can […]

Kindred Group’s sharing of safer gambling metrics sets a high bar

Yesterday (7 February 2021), Kindred Group published a press release, the content of which is likely to have far-reaching repercussions if, as we expect, the Gambling Commission will now (at least) encourage other UK-licensed gambling operators to adopt a similar approach in terms of identifying and reporting information relating to the the extent of their […]

Gambling Commission dominates early 2021 headlines

In this month’s Licensing Expert article for SBC News, entitled “Gambling Commission Dominates Early 2021 Headlines” (that you download below), David Clifton focuses not only on all that has emanated from the UKGC in just the last week or so but also all other UK relevant gambling regulatory issues that have arisen so far in […]

No fee refund by UKGC for incomplete applications in future

In its 8 February 2021 e-Bulletin, the Gambling Commission has stated as follows: Incomplete application refunds From 1 June 2021 we will no longer refund the fee if an application is rejected because it is incomplete. All applicants applying for an operating licence or variation to an existing operating licence must make sure they send […]

Is the UKGC doing enough to justify increasing licence and application fees payable by operators?

Comments by David Clifton feature in an EGR Intel article entitled “Footing the bill: are operators paying for the UKGC’s regulatory shortcomings?” The article focuses on proposals for very considerably increased Gambling Commission fees, contained in a DCMS consultation published on 29 January 2021 that runs until 25 March 2021. Addressing EGR’s question: “Is the […]