Licensing Expert

David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The RGA’s “Anti-money laundering: Good practice guidelines for the online gambling industry”

As all operators licensed by the Gambling Commission reading this will surely be aware, they are required to uphold the licensing objectives under the Gambling Act 2005 and to have in place effective policies and procedures to identify and manage the risks to those objectives arising from their business. In order to uphold the first licensing objective to prevent gambling …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – ADR requirements of the law & the LCCP

Gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission are required by LCCP social responsibility code provision 6.1.1 (which has the force of a licence condition) to: put in effect a written procedure for handling customer complaints and disputes and offer dispute resolution by an ADR provider. This is to ensure that customers with a dispute about the outcome of their gambling …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert -The Gambling Commission’s consultation on crime associated with gambling

  Last year, when conducting its detailed review of the social responsibility elements of the Licence Conditions & Code of Practice (LCCP). The Gambling Commission announced that it would be consulting separately on crime provisions in the LCCP that would build on its experience gained through its growing body of casework on money laundering and criminal spend. That consultation has …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Consolidation imposes a potentially heavy workload on the Competition & Markets Authority

Consolidation within the betting industry, propelled by tougher regulatory requirements and higher rates of tax, has been hitting the headlines in recent months, with Ladbrokes and Coral, Betfair and Paddy Power, Bwin.party and 888/GVC leading the charge. Taking the first of those as an example, a combination of Ladbrokes 2,209 betting shops at the end of 2014 and Coral’s 1,834 …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – CJEU to rule on EU law issues raised by GBGA challenge to POC tax

Gambling industry legal expert David Clifton (Clifton Davies Consultancy), examines the GBGA’s tax and competition based challenge against the UK POC regime, as the case reaches the higher courts of European Union Law.    The Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) has been celebrating what must by any account be regarded as an intermediate victory in its judicial challenge to the …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Will the fantasy sports explosion cross the Atlantic

Gambling  industry legal expert David Clifton, examines the fast growing US daily fantasy sports market, and considers whether Europe’s diverse regulatory conditions will allow for fantasy sports to gain  traction and new market entry Fantasy sports have exploded in a big way in the US. My inbox seems saturated with emails informing me that this is the fastest growing segment …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The forthcoming national online self-exclusion scheme

The principle of self-exclusion is not new. If a person wants to refrain from gambling they can ask a gambling operator – whether land-based or online – to refuse to accept their custom. Before a customer completes a self-exclusion agreement, the significance and implications of their action should be explained to them, including the minimum exclusion duration of six months …

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David Clifton: General Election increasing political pressure on FOBTs

Licensing expert David Clifton, of consultants Clifton Davies, has analysed what the political parties have to say about the betting shop’s main breadwinner and doesn’t like what he sees. Fixed Odds Betting Terminals have rarely been out of the news since they were first introduced into Britain’s betting shops. That is now thirteen years ago. Just a year after that, …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – The Betting Right: How did we get here & where are we going?

In his Budget announcement on 18 March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced the Government’s intention to replace the Horserace Betting Levy with a new Horserace Betting Right administered directly by the racing industry that will apply to all bookmakers wherever they are located. This has been a long-running saga. In 2000, the then Government stated its …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert -Strengthening social responsibility too strongly for some?

Readers will recall that greater protection for British consumers was the prime reason the Government introduced last year’s new legislation requiring all overseas online gambling operators wishing to transact with, or advertise to, British customers to obtain an operating licence from the Gambling Commission. In addition, by 31 March 2015, operators licensed in Great Britain must source their gambling software …

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