Archive | March, 2022

Gambling Advertising – not just ‘How is it regulated?’ but also ‘How will it be regulated in future?’

On 17 March 2022, the House of Commons Library published a Briefing Paper entitled ‘Gambling Advertising – How is it regulated?’ (that you can download below). A summary of the report on the UKParliament website states as follows: What does the law require? Under the Gambling Act 2005, gambling operators selling into the British market […]

UK Gambling Commission names Allwyn Entertainment as Preferred Applicant for the 4th National Lottery licence

Further its October 2021 announcement that it had received four final applications for the Fourth National Lottery licence competition, the Gambling Commission has today (15 March 2022) named Allwyn Entertainment Ltd (formerly Sazka Group UK 2 Ltd) as the ‘Preferred Applicant’ for the Fourth National Lottery licence. Reporting on this, the Commission states as follows on its […]

The SMF repeats its call for a statutory gambling levy

As reported in a Guardian article entitled ‘Top NHS clinicians call for ‘addiction levy’ on gambling industry’, the Social Market Foundation (‘SMF’) has published a briefing paper entitled ‘The Case for a Statutory Gambling Levy’ (that you can download below) in which it: sets out its case for introduction of a statutory levy on the gambling […]

FATF statement on the crisis in Ukraine

  The Financial Action Taskforce (the global standard setting body for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing) has produced a statement as a consequence of the crisis in Ukraine. The statement (that you can download below) highlights the importance of jurisdictions being alert to the risk of money laundering, terrorist financing and proliferation financing as […]

House of Lords Liaison Committee revisits recommendations of the Licensing Act 2003 Select Committee

On 4 April 2017, we reported on the conclusions and recommendations of a House of Lords Select Committee, following its post-legislative scrutiny of the Licensing Act 2003. Our subsequent 6 November 2017 website posting (and David Clifton’s article for Pub & Bar Magazine entitled ‘No radical comprehensive licensing overhaul on the near horizon’, published that same […]

Future Paddy Power ads must present significant limitations and material information in a clear and intelligible manner

In upholding a complaint made against a Paddy Power radio ad, the Advertising Standards Authority has today (9 March 2022) ruled that the gambling operator must ensure that significant limitations and material information are presented in a clear and intelligible manner in future ads. We summarise below the ASA’s ruling (that you can download below). […]

Sky Betting & Gaming incurs £1.17million fine for sending promotional emails to self-excluded and unsubscribed customers

In our 8 November 2021 website posting entitled ‘Safer Gambling Week 2021 – Some thoughts after the event’, we reported that (on 2 November 2021) Sky Vegas had mistakenly sent promotional emails to customers who had self-excluded or opted out of receiving direct marketing, which resulted in the following apology from Conor Grant, Chief Executive Officer […]

The story behind a tragic story

In his current monthly ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News, entitled ‘The story behind a tragic story’, David Clifton concludes that it is inevitable that the coroner’s conclusions in the inquest into the tragic suicide of Jack Ritchie will feature in the forthcoming debates on gambling law reform following publication of the Government’s Gambling Act […]