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.

“View from the Regulator” speech at Responsible Gambling Marketing conference

Ian Angus, Director of Policy at the Gambling Commission, delivered a “view from the regulator” speech at yesterday’s KnowNow ‘Responsible Marketing for Gambling Operators 2020’ conference, during which he reflected on: the Commission’s overarching priorities, the current climate regarding gambling advertising, the associated research and evidence base, regulatory and industry developments and progress, and key […]

European Gambling Associations renew commitment to safer online gambling as COVID-19 restrictions return

The European Gaming & Betting Association (“EGBA”) has reported that European Gambling Associations have renewed their commitment to safer online gambling and responsible advertising as coronavirus restrictions return. EGBA’s press release of 14 October 2020 reads as follows: 15 online gambling associations issue renewed call for safer gambling and responsible advertising in Europe during COVID-19. […]

Data showing impact of COVID-19 on gambling behaviour in August 2020

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the Covid-19 period has impacted gambling behaviour in Great Britain in the period between March and August 2020. In brief, this latest data shows that there was a continued decline during August in both gross gambling yield and customer participation, which the Commission believes “underlines the importance […]

Table meals – does size matter?

Arising from the Prime Minister’s announcement on 12 October 2020 of a new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England, considerable confusion within the hospitality industry quickly emerged in relation to that part of his speech in which he said (when explaining the Tier 3 restrictions, currently only applicable in the Liverpool City Region): Pubs and […]

Tight deadline to comply with new High Value Customer requirements

David Clifton’s current Licensing Expert article for SBC News is entitled “Tight deadline to comply with new High Value Customer requirements”. By setting out the background circumstances since the Gambling Commission flagged up concerns in 2014 about the insulation of high-value “VIP customers” from the social responsibility obligations and practices applying elsewhere in gambling operators’ businesses, David’s article […]

Invitation extended to the financial sector to do more to tackle gambling harm

Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission has today (13 October 2020) delivered a speech at the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute’s virtual conference for financial service professionals, in which he invited the finance industry to join a multi-sector partnership approach to tackling gambling harm. David Clifton commented on the need for such a […]

Negative reaction from hospitality & gambling industries to the new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today (12 October 2020) announced a new three-tier Covid-19 alert system for England, classifying areas as: Medium – “with existing national measures such as the Rule of Six and the closure of hospitality at 10pm”, or High – “with extra measures including a ban on indoor social mixing between households […]