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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Not only changed licensing fees but also a new type of licence

In his January 3rd posting “Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases” Andy McCarron MD of SBC referred to the changes to the Commission’s annual fee structure that will come into effect from April this year. Those changes were announced in the DCMS “Proposals for Gambling Commission fees from April 2017 – consultation response” document that was published just prior …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Affiliates (and operators) in the ICO’s firing line

Although they may not fully appreciate it, under British gambling laws, affiliates presently occupy a privileged position. Despite them providing marketing services designed to drive customer traffic to licensed betting websites, the Gambling Commission does not regard them as falling within the statutory definition of a betting intermediary, ie “a person who provides a service designed to facilitate the making …

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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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