Licensing Expert

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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David Clifton: We are entering the “Time of the Nanny State”

David Clifton, director at licensing and gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, discusses an issue he recently debated at a seminar in Westminster – that the  government is not consistent when it regulates gambling and that it is also needlessly overbearing. Let me start with a statement of the obvious: the fundamental objective behind the regulation or prohibition of any human activity …

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BOF Blog – David Clifton – How will the new licensing laws effect sponsorship?

David Clifton MD of CliftonDavies opens the Betting on Football (BOF) Conference by telling the BOF audience that change is imminent for UK operators, and that the legal and regulatory landscape for gambling operators will change drastically in the next months. Clifton states that legislation will be implemented by August 2014, currently the new amendments to the Gambling Bill are …

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