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.

UKGC issues identity document reminder

In its current E-bulletin (published today, 18 October 2021), the Gambling Commission has issued a reminder to applicants for personal licences and those submitting Annex A forms that they must supply all relevant identity documents to avoid the processing of applications and Annex As being delayed or placed at risk of refusal. Details of the identity […]

Operating licence of BGO Entertainment suspended by UKGC pending licence review

The Gambling Commission has today (15 October 2021) published the following Information Notice, which – unusually for such a well-known operator as BGO Entertainment – involves immediate suspension of an operating licence whilst a licence review is conducted by the regulator: Information notice: Suspension of licence – BGO Entertainment Limited The Gambling Commission has suspended […]

‘Take Time to Think’ replaces ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’

In place of its longstanding ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ responsible gambling campaign, the Betting and Gaming Council has today (15 October 2021) launched a new ‘Take Time to Think’ campaign aimed at encouraging customers to use the wide range of safer gambling tools offered by its members. The BGC’s press release states as follows: […]

Victoria Gate Casino Leeds to pay financial penalty for AML and social responsibility failings

The Gambling Commission has announced that, following an almost two-year long Operating Licence Review process, VGC Leeds Limited (trading as Global Gaming Ventures), operator of the Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds, is to pay a £450,000 penalty for social responsibility and anti-money laundering failures, of which: £241,000 represents divestment of the amount of financial gain […]

Ads for Napoleons Casinos fall foul of ASA ruling

The Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) has today (13 October 2021) upheld a complaint made against A&S Leisure Group Ltd in relation to ads on a website and Facebook post for Napoleons Casinos: stating that they must not appear again in the form complained of and reiterating to A&S Leisure the need to ensure that in […]

This month’s ‘burning question’ answered

Clifton Davies director, David Clifton, and Dan Waugh (partner of Regulus Partners) answer the burning question in this month’s EGR ‘Big Debate’, namely “In light of a parliamentary inquiry into the Gambling Commission, is the UK regulator fit for purpose?” That question is directly linked to an investigation into “the competence and effectiveness of the […]

UKGC publishes a ‘consumer information notice’ about ‘Global Football Fantasy Game’ operator, Sorare

The Gambling Commission has today (8 October 2021) taken the unusual step of publishing the following consumer information notice in relation to the self-titled ‘Global Football Fantasy Game’, ‘Sorare’: Consumer information notice: Sorare.com It has come to our attention the football-themed website, Sorare.com, is available to consumers in Great Britain. Sorare.com is not licensed by […]

GambleAware data now available via the Consumer Data Research Centre

GambleAware has announced that, promoting a policy of open data to help diversify and grow the range of academic disciplines engaged in research to prevent gambling harms, its 2019 and 2020 data on reported demand for treatment and support for gambling harms is now available to the wider research community through the Consumer Data Research […]

UKGC expects the industry to expedite trials of its Single Customer View solution

The Gambling Commission has published an update on the Single Customer View (‘SCV’) Industry initiative that was originally launched in February 2020, as reported at that time by us here. That initiative arguably derived its name from an earlier recommendation by the Gambling Commission’s Digital Advisory Panel that the Commission should consider “requiring the large operators […]