We regularly write articles for industry and legal journals & magazines, including commentaries for Online Gambling Lawyer & iGaming Business, a monthly “Licensing Expert” piece for SBC News and a fortnightly page for Pub & Bar and, with their permission, are reproducing them on our website, together with our own news items and reports on topical issues affecting the leisure and gambling industries.

Closure of Clifton Davies Consultancy

It is with a twinge of sadness, many thanks to clients old and new for their loyalty, friendship and support, and a large degree of optimism for all that lies ahead (as well as great appreciation to each other for all that has been achieved in our last 25 years of working together) that David Clifton […]

ASA publishes final ruling on gambling ads before the new rules to better protect under 18s come into force on 1 October 2022

With tough new gambling advertising rules designed to better protect under-18s taking effect from 1 October 2022, the Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) published (on 21 September 2022) its final ruling pursuant to existing CAP Code rules requiring that gambling ads must not “be likely to be of ‘particular appeal’ to children or young persons, especially by reflecting […]

Petfre (Gibraltar) Limited (operator of betfred.com and oddsking.com) fined £2.9million by the UKGC

The Gambling Commission has today (28 September 2022) announced another multi-million pound financial penalty (plus a warning under section 117(1)(a) of the Gambling Act 2005) on a remote gambling operator for the same type of AML and social responsibility failings that have resulted in similar outcomes for many other operators. The Commission’s announcement reads as follows: […]

GambleAware launches new campaign after new research shows cost of living crisis could lead to growth in gambling harms among women

GambleAware has launched a campaign to challenge stigma and highlight available support following publication of new research findings arising from an online survey (conducted between 11 and 18 August 2022) of 1,606 women aged 18-49 who have gambled in the last month. The findings reveal that: one in four (24%) women aged 18-49 who gamble expect […]

UK Re-wired – UK Gambling Act 2005 under the Spotlight

On 21 September 2022), David Clifton moderated a very well attended panel session entitled ‘UK Re-wired – UK Gambling Act 2005 under the Spotlight’ at this year’s SBC Summit Barcelona – the ‘Global Betting and iBetting Show’. You can view the whole of the session on Vimeo.com here. David’s panellists (shown left to right after David […]

BGC backs UK Government’s ‘Growth Plan 2022’

The Betting and Gaming Council has backed the UK’s Government’s ‘Growth Plan’ presented to Parliament by Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng today, 23 September 2022. The BGC’s ‘News Update’ published on its website, states as follows: BGC BACKS THE GOVERNMENT’S GROWTH PLAN Standards body, the Betting and Gaming Council today (FRI) announced their members […]

UKGC imposes £400k financial penalty on Betway for advertising breaches

The Gambling Commission has today (21 September 2022) announced that remote gambling operator Betway Limited will pay a £408,915 penalty for marketing on the children’s pages of West Ham United Football Club’s website. This will no doubt lead to other UK licensed gambling operators who sponsor football clubs checking not only the practical steps that are […]

Gambling Commission formally awards 4th National Lottery Licence to Allwyn

The Gambling Commission has today, 20 September 2022, formally awarded the fourth National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment Limited (‘Allwyn’). In terms of recent background: On 30 June 2022, we reported on the High Court judgment that lifted suspension of the Gambling Commission’s ability to formally award the 4th National Lottery licence to Allwyn; On 14 […]

Rumours abound that Gambling Act Review White Paper may face the guillotine

In an article entitled ‘Raft of legislation for the chop amid focus on growth over regulation’, the Guardian’s Chief Political Correspondent has reported that new Cabinet ministers recently appointed by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss “have already taken the axe to a list of forthcoming legislation – and the guillotine is hovering above others”. Included within […]