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.

Rumours abound that Gambling Act Review White Paper may face the guillotine

In an article entitled ‘Raft of legislation for the chop amid focus on growth over regulation’, the Guardian’s Chief Political Correspondent has reported that new Cabinet ministers recently appointed by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss “have already taken the axe to a list of forthcoming legislation – and the guillotine is hovering above others”. Included within […]

No Gambling Act Review White Paper before the end of this year, does the UKGC deserve top marks and more …..

David Clifton’s new ‘Licensing Expert’ article for SBC News has been published today with the title ‘UK Gambling’s settlement is required sooner rather than later’. That slightly curious title is explained within the sub-heading: ‘Parliament returns from its summer recess with a new Prime Minister and senior cabinet, but gambling remains in the dark with regards […]

David Clifton quoted on Liz Truss becoming new Prime Minister

Comments by David Clifton feature in an EGR Intel article (published yesterday, 6 September 2022) entitled ‘Industry reacts to Liz Truss being named the new Prime Minister’, carrying the sub-heading ‘Truss confirmed as Boris Johnson’s replacement as key industry heads ponder what her Premiership will mean for the industry and the upcoming white paper’. This EGR article […]

Camelot withdraws appeal against Court of Appeal judgment suspending the UKGC’s ability to award the 4th National Lottery licence to Allwyn

On 30 June 2022, we reported on the High Court judgment that lifted suspension of the Gambling Commission’s ability to formally award the 4th National Lottery licence to Allwyn Entertainment Limited (‘Allwyn’). On 14 July 2022, we reported that the Court of Appeal had granted permission to Camelot and IGT to appeal that judgment, as a […]

UKGC publishes Annual Report & Accounts 2021-22

The Gambling Commission has published its Annual Report and Accounts 2021-22 (a copy of which you can download below), the Foreword to which reads as follows: Over the past 12 months, despite the effects and challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to be felt by countries and communities across the world, the Gambling Commission has maintained […]

Confusion likely to arise from the UKGC’s ‘Remote Customer Interaction requirements and guidance update’

Yesterday, 2 September 2022, the Gambling Commission published on its website a ‘New remote Customer Interaction requirements and guidance update’, that you can download below. By way of background: on 15 April 2022, we reported that new customer interaction requirements for UK licensed remote gambling operators would take effect on 12 September 2022 on 20 […]

Online operator Spreadex to pay £1.36million for AML and social responsibility failings

Just eight days after announcement of the record £17 million regulatory sanction incurred by Entain for AML and social responsibility failings, the Gambling Commission has today (25 August 2022) announced that, pursuant to a regulatory settlement, remote gambling business Spreadex Limited is to pay £1.36 million for similar types of failing. Today’s announcement by the Commission reads as […]

‘Public Health Policies and interventions to reduce harmful gambling’ study is heavily criticised

On 1 October 2021, Public Health England (‘PHE’) published an evidence review of gambling-related harms in England which – it claimed – “reveals harms associated with gambling estimated to cost society at least £1.27 billion a year”. Subsequently, this report became widely regarded as flawed, as is explained in an iGaming Business article entitled ‘The flaw […]

BGC joins call for urgent action on energy crisis

The Betting and Gaming Council has published on its website a call for urgent action by the next Prime Minister to protect the hospitality, leisure and gambling sectors from ‘catastrophic’ energy price hikes, stating as follows: Betting and Gaming Council joins call for urgent action on energy crisis to protect hospitality and leisure industries Urgent […]