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.

BGC and UKGC clash over scale of illegal online black market threat

In an article entitled “UK gambling firms accused of exaggerating scale of black market betting”, the Guardian newspaper has today (18 January 2021) reported that “gambling firms have been accused of concocting a “dodgy dossier” to exaggerate the scale of black market betting, in an attempt to influence an upcoming government review expected to result […]

Hospitality Industry and Covid-19 Briefing Paper

The House of Commons Library has published a Briefing Paper entitled “Hospitality Industry and Covid-19″ (that you can download below) and an accompanying Hospitality businesses and employment by Parliamentary constituency and Local Authority Excel Spreadsheet The Briefing Paper provides current information on the hospitality industry in the UK, the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and […]

Launch of the Lancet Public Health Commission on Gambling

Heather Wardle (University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK), Louisa Degenhardt (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia), and Shekhar Saxena (Harvard University, Cambridge, USA) have announced in The Lancet Public Health, the launch of the journal’s inaugural Commission on Gambling. The Commission on Gambling is described by them as “a scientific inquiry and response to an urgent, […]

PCA explains rights to tied tenants of the regulated pub companies

Fiona Dickie, the Pubs Code Adjudicator, has written an open letter to tied tenants, explaining important tenant rights in the Pubs Code that may help them especially during the current period of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions. You can download that letter below. It addresses the following issues: Business Development Manager (BDM) conversations Discretionary Support Rent reviews […]

BGC CEO calls for Gambling Act Review to “deal in facts not fiction”

Michael Dugher, CEO of the Betting and Gaming Council, has written an article for PoliticsHome in which he drives home the all-important message that the UK Government’s Gambling Act 2005 Review must be evidence-led and based on “facts not fiction”. We completely endorse that sentiment. As pointed out in David Clifton’s current Licensing Expert article […]

UKGC emphasises it does not support or endorse external accreditation services as a way of complying with the LCCP

The Gambling Commission has today (7 January 2021) published on its website the following reminder to gambling businesses: Reminder to gambling businesses: external accreditation of compliance with the LCCP 07 January 2021 We do not support or endorse any external accreditation service as a way of complying with the LCCP. We would like to remind […]

10 forecasts and a hope for 2021

In his December 2020 Licensing Expert article for SBC News, entitled “10 forecasts and a hope for 2021”, David Clifton polishes his crystal ball and asks: “What exactly does 2021 hold insofar as the Gambling Act Review is concerned and how could it affect your business?”. You can download below David’s article as published by […]