Tag Archives: legal

GBGA challenge sees POC tax referred to EU courts

The European Court of Justice should be referred to on important issues concerning the legality of a tax imposed on overseas gambling operators, according to a judgment handed down by the High Court, which could have major implications for the UK’s point of consumption regime. Law firm Olswang has claimed that if the current tax framework is found to be …

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Sports told to get legal advice for promoting unlicensed operators

The UK Gambling Commission has advised all sporting clubs to get ‘their own legal advice’ if they want to take sponsorship or advertising money from non-licensed operators. Last week the regulator wrote to sports governing bodies to inform them that non-licensed brands can only promote themselves if they block UK customers and make it clear that their gambling services are …

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Scots independence would bring big questions over gambling law

Paul Petrie, director at Scottish sportsbook McBookie.com, discusses the Scottish Independence Referendum Other betting firms have mixed views on the outcome – William Hill suggesting 80% of bets for YES and Betfair suggesting the opposite. What’s McBookies’ take on the vote? 95% of the bets we have taken have been on a Yes vote. The opinion polls have the contest …

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Point of Consumption legal challenge to be heard next week

The Judicial Review into the Point of Consumption licensing regime due to be implemented in the UK on 1 October will have a full hearing next week. The application for a review has come from the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) which has objected to the measures in the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 and associated Gambling Commission …

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William Hill ‘well-positioned’ for point of consumption tax

New William Hill CEO James Henderson believes that the UK’s biggest bookmaker is well placed ahead of the introduction of the point of consumption licensing later this year. Speaking at the firm’s interim results, Henderson was quite bullish about Hill’s position, certainly compared to some of its competitors. He commented: “I think the numbers are strong. The underlying growth, even …

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Is the time ripe for a Judicial Review of the Point of Consumption Tax?

David Clifton, director at Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited and speaker at SBC’s Betting on Football Conference, asks whether the time has arrived for a Judicial Review of the looming remote gambling changes? Now that Royal Assent in respect of the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill is looming and the 15% point of consumption tax has been confirmed in the Chancellor’s Budget …

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Belfast High Court refuses Ladbroke’s appeal against planning decision

A Belfast High Court judge has rejected all aspects of an appeal from Ladbrokes against a decision of the NI Planning Service to grant planning permission for the extension of two local independent bookmakers outlets in the city. Sean Graham and Toal’s bookmakers were granted planning approval to extend their outlets in Castle Street and High Street respectively. Ladbrooke’s parent …

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When is a betting shop not a betting shop?

David Clifton, Director, Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited The answer, at least as far as the Gambling Commission is concerned, is when the main purpose of the betting shop is to make gaming machines available. However, as is so often the case with the Gambling Act 2005, it is not quite as clearcut as that. In addition, as has also so …

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William Hill To Stick With Gibraltar

Gaming operator William Hill has confirmed that it wants to keep its operational base for its digital betting service in Gibraltar, despite the impending UK Gaming tax clampdown which is set to cost the operator millions of pounds. William Hill, the UK’s biggest gaming brand, set up operational offices in Gibraltar, allowing it to market and acquire British gamblers, whilst …

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Aussie Tom Waterhouse Sued by Bet247

Australian white label sports betting brand Bet247 has filed a legal lawsuit against  sports betting expert Tom Waterhouse over  in the 2011 rescue of Bet247 customers following the failure of Bet247′s wagering services provider – Sports Alive to secure transaction funds for player wagering. The Melbourne-based  Sports Alive brand went into  quickly into liquidation, and an investigation by the Australian Gambling …

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