Licensing Expert

David Clifton – Strengthening social responsibility (again)!

Clifton Davies co-founder David Clifton has a look at the increasing regulatory scrutiny on the gambling industry and warns there may be more to come.  My “Licensing Expert” article last month posed the question whether a regulatory crackdown on gambling advertising was around the corner. We now know at least part of the answer. The Department for Culture Media & …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Is a regulatory crackdown on gambling advertising around the corner?

Newspaper reports over the last week have focused on suggestions that Theresa May’s government is shifting its stance on gambling advertising, with so far unsubstantiated, but supposedly well-informed, rumours that we could see a blanket ban on all gambling advertisements before the 9pm TV watershed and incorporation of gambling advertising practices within the ongoing FOBT review. This has followed: comment …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC updates its position on in-play betting

In its Corporate Business Plan for April 2016 to March 2017, about which I wrote in May – see http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/features/comment  – the Gambling Commission made clear that: amongst its strategic objectives was to empower and protect consumers and to raise standards across all gambling sectors to ensure safe and fair play for consumers and wider public confidence in the integrity of …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC views on “getting the balance right”

Two developments have occurred over the last month that have provided some considerable insight into the Gambling Commission’s present and future regulatory priorities. The first is publication of the Commission’s Annual Report for 2015/16. The second is a speech entitled “Gambling: Getting the balance right” given by Philip Graf at the Royal Society of Arts as he comes to the …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Drilling down into the latest Industry Statistics

An article has already been published by SBC News about the latest gambling industry statistics, recently published by the Gambling Commission and covering the period April 2011 to March 2015 (but updated to include October 2014 to September 2015); (see http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/retail/2016/07/04/gambling-commission-reveals) However, I am going to drill down a bit deeper into those figures with a particular focus on the …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – BREXIT = No exit from robust gambling regulation

I moderated a European Update panel session at the annual conference of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, which took place earlier this month in Malta. Predictably, one topic that produced heated debate was the lack of harmonization, or even hope of harmonization, of gambling laws and licensing processes across the EU Member States but this led on to the …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – A month of major UKGC regulatory developments

The last month has seen a large number of regulatory developments that will have direct bearing on operators licensed by the Gambling Commission. Although it was not the first in chronological terms, my starting point is a speech given by Sarah Harrison, the Gambling Commission Chief Executive, at the Bingo Association AGM. It represented a summary of: what she called …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The General Data Protection Regulation

With ever increasing compliance responsibilities pursuant to the Gambling Commission’s LCCP and more soon to arise on implementation of the 4th Money Laundering Directive, betting operators might be forgiven for thinking that there was a limit to the extent to which even more onerous regulatory burdens could be heaped upon them in the near future. However, even greater focus on …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Ever increasing regulatory requirements & the need for local assessments

When I first started advising the UK betting industry in the 1980s, it lived in a very different regulatory world than it lives in today. It was a land-based industry. Remote betting took place only by phone. The Gaming Board for Great Britain (the predecessor to the Gambling Commission) had no jurisdiction as far as the betting industry was concerned. The …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The advertising & marketing standards of gambling

Most start-up businesses share a common expectation of commercial success. Whilst wholly admirable in terms of optimism, a danger nevertheless exists that this can on occasions border on misplaced over-confidence in what they perceive to be the inevitable consequence of their earnest endeavours, without there necessarily having been adequate advance focus on their advertising and marketing strategies. In the gambling …

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