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.

CB100 pathways through gaming and beyond, with David Clifton

David Clifton has been interviewed by CasinoBeats (for an article entitled ‘CB100 pathways through gaming and beyond, with David Clifton’) on how the last 40+ years have led him to his current position as Director and Co-Founder (with Suzanne Davies) of Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited. If you wish to know David’s answers to the following […]

PHE evidence review of gambling-related harms stokes the fire of the Gambling Act Review

In March 2018, the then Health Minister’s remit letter confirming the priorities of Public Health England (“PHE”) for 2018 to 2019 included a request for PHE to “inform and support action on gambling-related harm as part of the follow up to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport-led (DCMS) review of gaming machines and social responsibility”. […]

25% increase in GAMSTOP registrations in first 6 months of 2021

We reported in July 2021 that research undertaken by Sonnet Advisory & Impact CIC had shown that the national online self-exclusion scheme GAMSTOP was working effectively following it coming fully into force on 31 March 2020. New independent analysis conducted for GAMSTOP by Sonnet has now revealed that 40,000 registrations took place during the first […]

Westminster City Council consults on updating its Gambling Policy

Westminster City Council has commenced consultations on: re-adoption of its current Gambling Policy (subject to minor updates where legislation or guidance has changed) so it will continue to have effect from the 31 January 2022 until such time as the proposed new Gambling Policy comes into effect; that consultation will close on 17 October 2021 […]

Practical Safer Gambling Solutions

On 24 September 2021, David Clifton moderated the “Practical safer gambling solutions” panel session at the SBC Summit Barcelona 2021 at which his panellists were: Warren Russell, Founder & CEO, W2 Global Data, a leading supplier of KYC, AML and RG solutions, Ian Shanahan, Head of Safer Gambling Partnerships, YGAM and with a long background […]

EU Lotto fined for AML and social responsibility failings

The Gambling Commission has announced that, on 2 September 2021, it (a) imposed a £760,000 fine on, (b) added further conditions to the operating licence of and (c) issued a warning to EU Lotto Limited (operator of Lottoland) after an investigation by the regulator revealed AML and social responsibility failings of a similar type to […]

Might the law of unintended consequences apply to the latest Parliamentary scrutiny of the UKGC?

The Parliamentary All Party Betting & Gaming Group (APBGG) – most certainly not to be confused with the Gambling Related Harm APPG – has commenced “an investigation into the competence and effectiveness of the regulator of British gambling, the Gambling Commission”. The APBGG has published an invitation to stakeholders to submit (by 31 October 2021) […]

A UKGC regulatory settlement funds a new programme to reduce gambling harms

The Gambling Commission has today (20 September 2021) announced that it has approved funding (supported by regulatory settlement funds) for a new regional public health programme to reduce gambling harms in Yorkshire and the Humber. The announcement on the Commission’s website states as follows: Regulatory settlement funds treatment and prevention programme The Gambling Commission has […]

The Waves Are About To Get Rougher ….

David Clifton’s current ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News is entitled ‘The Waves Are About To Get Rougher ….’, with David looking back to the 2001 Gambling Review Body Report, whose authors summed up their recommendations to the Government as follows: Our proposals generally move in the direction of allowing greater freedom for the individual to […]