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 suspends (and reviews) Genesis Global operating licence

The Gambling Commission has today (20 July 2020) announced that in addition to reviewing, it has suspended, the operating licence of Malta-based remote gambling operator Genesis Global Limited for compliance-related issues. The Commission’s announcement reads as follows: We have commenced a review under section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) and, under section […]

English casinos to re-open on 1 August 2020 but nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues must wait longer

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has today delivered a speech (that you can download below) in which he said that “contingent on every one of us staying alert and acting responsibly” and reliant on “continued success in controlling the virus”: …. from 1 August, we will reopen most remaining leisure settings, namely bowling, skating rinks […]

Has the die already been cast?

Although the illustration used for David Clifton’s current Licensing Expert article for SBC News might evoke thoughts of Jackson Pollock rather than Julius Caesar, it is the words “alea iacta est”, attributed to the latter as he took his troops across the Rubicon river in 49BC, that have inspired the question posed in the title […]

UKGC warns of four new emerging money laundering risks

The Gambling Commission has published on the “AML News” page of its website its Coronavirus emerging risks bulletin 3 that covers the following topics: Increased use of informal value transfer systems (IVTS), Money Service Businesses (MSBs), Reliance on third parties and The importance of conducting affordability checks and customers occupation. This follows the Commission’s previous: reminder […]

Gambling Commission questioned over Experts by Experience Panel

  Comments by David Clifton feature in an article for Vixio (formerly GamblingCompliance) by Scott Longley, entitled “Gambling Commission Questioned Over Experts By Experience Panel”. The article focuses on criticisms levelled against the Commission for a lack of transparency after it failed to answer a series of questions on the make-up of the Experts by […]

David Clifton to speak in forthcoming IAGA Financial Crimes Risk webinar

David Clifton will be the sole non-American panellist in the forthcoming IAGA Best Practice Webinar entitled “Assessing Financial Crimes Risk Against Recent Regulatory and Environmental Changes” to be broadcast online at 4pm UK time (8am PST) on Wednesday 22 July 2020. Details of this free webinar are set out below. Assessing Financial Crimes Risk Against […]

Chancellor announces VAT cut to 5% for hospitality sector and “Eat Out to Help Out” discount voucher initiative

In a speech delivered today (8 July 2020), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has unveiled the Government’s “Plan for Jobs”, describing its goal as being “to protect, support and create jobs”. That plan accordingly comprises those three constituent parts: support people to find jobs, create jobs and protect jobs. You can download below […]