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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC review of 888 is not necessarily a 999 scenario

The shockwaves have subsided a bit since the 15 May announcement by 888 Holdings PLC that the UK Gambling Commission has commenced a review of the operating licence held by one of its subsidiary companies. The Commission has so far made no public comment on the subject but that is not unusual, as it will only announce publicly that it …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)…Change is on the way

Last month the Gambling Commission announced the results of its review of complaints processes in the gambling industry, carried out one year after the introduction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme. As matters stand, ADR providers can look only at disputes about the outcome of a gambling transaction, rather than the way a gambling business is being run, which …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling participation & public perceptions of gambling

In last month’s article for SBC News, I wrote about the Gambling Commission’s consultation “Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first” that runs until 21 April 2017. I referred to recent speeches given by the Commission’s Chief Executive Sarah Harrison in November and February that, foreshadowing the Commission’s new enforcement mission statement, set out its reinforced focus on …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Return of the Enforcer!

Some of you may remember “The Enforcer”, the third in the Dirty Harry film series, starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan. The critic’s reviews were initially poor – Eastwood was named “Worst Actor of the Year” by the Harvard Lampoon – but the film was a major commercial success. Now, 41 years later, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of …

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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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