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.

Gambling Commission publishes Annual Report & Accounts 2019-20

The Gambling Commission has belatedly published its Annual Report & Accounts for 2019-20 (that you can download below). Of particular note are the following: 1. The absence of any reference within the Report to the damning criticisms made in relation to the Commission within the June 2020 report of the House of Commons Public Accounts […]

UKGC revises its AML/CTF Guidance and POCA advice

On its AML News webpage, the Gambling Commission announced on 13 November 2020 that it has published revisions to its: 5th Edition of the guidance for non-remote and remote casino operators on the Prevention of money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism and 4th Edition of the advice to all other operators on Duties and […]

Affordability Takes Centre Stage

With Safer Gambling Week 2020 all but upon us, David Clifton’s Licensing Expert article this month for SBC News is entitled “Affordability Takes Centre Stage”. With affordability at the heart of a Remote Customer Interaction Consultation & Call for Evidence launched by the Gambling Commission on 3 November 2020 and also featuring prominently in the […]

BACTA bans under-18s from playing Category D cash payout machines

Bacta – the trade association that represents the owners and operators of seaside amusement arcades, over-18 amusement centres, the companies that hire machines to pubs, clubs, bowling alleys, bingo halls and similar venues and the manufacturers and distributors of all types of amusement equipment – has voluntarily banned under 18 year olds from playing Category […]

Data showing impact of Covid-19 on gambling behaviour in September 2020

The Gambling Commission has published further data showing how the easing of Covid-19 lockdown measures has impacted online and Licensed Betting Operator (LBO) gambling behaviour. The data reflects the period between March and September 2020, inclusive, and the Commission states that it shows: The online market grew, with a month-on-month increase of 3% in gross […]

Automatic freedom for pubs, restaurants and cafes to provide food takeaways extended for another year

The Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP, has announced that pubs, restaurants and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year. The government will also consider whether to make such freedoms permanent. Freedom from the need for such premises to make a planning application to expressly permit the provision of food takeaways was […]

AML breaches lead to £2.8 million fine and additional licence conditions for Boylesports

The Gambling Commission has today (11 November 2020) announced that, following an operating licence review undertaken against Ireland-based remote gambling operator Boylesports Enterprise t/a Boylesports.com, the Commission has: given a formal warning to Boylesports Enterprise under section 117(1)(a) of the Gambling Act 2005, attached additional conditions to its operating licence under section 117(1)(b) of the […]

EGR UK Virtual Summit 2020 – a highlight of Safer Gambling Week

Taking place during the forthcoming Safer Gambling Week (19 – 25 November 2020), the EGR UK Virtual Summit 2020 – taking place during the afternoon of Tuesday 24 November 2020 – is an invitation-only event bringing together senior level executives from the gaming industry to discuss safer gambling strategies, broader regulatory updates and how to […]

Young People and Gambling statistics for 2020 published

The Gambling Commission has published findings taken from the annual Young People and Gambling Survey, conducted on its behalf earlier this year by Ipsos MORI, who surveyed just 1,645 schoolchildren in England and Scotland between the ages of 11 and 16 prior to schools being closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in March of this […]

When the going gets tough ….

In her article for the November 2020 edition of Pub & Bar, entitled “When the going gets tough ….” (that you can download below), Suzanne Davies explains some of the issues that must be borne in mind if Covid-19 restrictions threaten even otherwise viable businesses with the spectre of insolvency. You can read more on […]