Archive | April, 2021

Nektan Gibraltar operating licence suspended by the UKGC

The Gambling Commission has today (29 April 2021) announced an interim suspension of the Remote Casino and Bingo operating licence held by Nektan (Gibraltar) Limited. At the present time, the remote Game Host (Casino), Game Host (Bingo) and Gambling Software licence held by Nektan UK Limited appears to remain active. The Commission’s announcement reads as […]

Samaritans publish practical guidance on reducing the risk of gambling related suicide

Today, 27 April 2021, Samaritans has published its first best practice guidance for the gambling industry to help gambling businesses understand and adopt practical steps to prevent gambling-related suicide. Entitled “Reducing the risk of gambling related suicide” the guidance can be downloaded below. Introducing its guidance, Samaritans states as follows on its website: Research has […]

Gambling can’t hide from its spotlight

In this month’s ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News entitled “Gambling can’t hide from its spotlight” (that you can download below), David Clifton comments on last week’s DCMS announcement of an independent review into the collapse of Football Index. Crucially, that review will include an assessment of the decisions and actions of the Gambling Commission. […]

Music Festivals Guidance for 2021

For many years, we have been pleased to advise the organisers of the Isle of Wight Festival on licensing and regulatory matters. During 2020, the widespread cancellation of UK music festivals – including the Isle of Wight Festival – due to the COVID-19 pandemic was accompanied by experts’ predictions that large gatherings for music events […]

Robert Jenrick encourages English Council leaders to avoid “overzealous interpretations of the rules” as hospitality venues reopen outdoors

On 15 April 2021, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick MP, wrote a letter to Chief Executives and leaders of local authorities in England on how they should apply measures for reopening outdoor hospitality safely. In that letter (that you can download below) he stated: Among the restrictions eased […]

Guidance on local authority powers to enforce COVID-secure regulations

On 14 April 2021 the Government updated its “COVID-19 enforcement powers for local authorities” Guidance, reflecting changes made by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Steps) (England) Regulations 2021 that came into force on 29 March 2021. It sets out enforcement powers for local authorities to enforce COVID-secure regulations, including against venues in the hospitality, gambling and […]

Link between Football Index Collapse and UKGC CEO’s departure comes under scrutiny

Subscribers to EGR Intel can access here a pay-gated article entitled “Pressure situation: The under-fire UK Gambling Commission feels the strain”, that includes comments by David Clifton and others in relation to the following issue: “The high-profile collapse of Football Index has led to accusations that the UKGC was ‘asleep at the wheel’. But where does […]