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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – More of the same with yet more to come…

You’ve already read the headlines arising from the Gambling Commission’s 1 August response to its January 2018 consultation “Proposed changes to licence conditions and codes of practice linked to the fair and open licensing objective“. With effect from 31 October 2018 – just a matter of weeks away – changes to the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) will mean that gambling …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Time for remote operators to focus on GamStop

GamStop – it’s been a long time coming, but it’s here now (at least in a “test” phase), and somewhere in the coming “weeks and months”, to quote Tim Miller, Executive Director of the Gambling Commission, the one month notification period under LCCP social responsibility code provision 3.5.5 will be triggered by the Commission. At the expiry of that one …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Dealing with LCCP changes & Key Event reportings

4 April 2018 has seen changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) come into effect for UK licensed gambling operators. The up to date version of the LCCP is available on the Commission’s website, as too is an LCCP summary of the six key changes that have been made. Three of those changes relate to lotteries, …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

It’s been a long wait, and an even longer debate, but in an announcement that will undoubtedly have a very strong influence on Government gambling policy, the UK Gambling Commission has advised that whilst a stake reduction for FOBT (category B2) machines is appropriate to reduce the risk of gambling-related harm, that alone is unlikely to have more than a …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Win or lose…do it fairly!

The Competition and Markets Authority and the Gambling Commission have been working together since October 2016 to stamp out unfair terms and conditions of, and misleading practices by, UK licensed online gambling operators. As anticipated from a speech given by CMA Project Director George Lusty at last November’s Gambling Commission “Raising Standards” conference, things have now come to a head …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Assessing a month of mounting challenges for the betting industry.

August 2017 was not a kind month for the online gambling sector. David Clifton breaks down three standout events that have placed social responsibility practices at the forefront of industry debate and concerns…. _______________________ There are three standout stories in the betting licensing and regulatory sphere from the last month. There is a common social responsibility thread running through all …

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UKGC gets tough on Advertising standards fining BGO £300,000 for misleading affiliate promotions

Updating the market, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has warned industry stakeholders that its body will not tolerate advertising falling ‘foul of social responsibility rules or deceiving consumers’. Stating its intent to improve industry advertising and promotional standards, the UKGC has imposed a £300,000 penalty on igaming operator BGO Entertainment Ltd (BGO) for misleading advertising on its own portal and …

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Time for bookmakers to wake up and smell the coffee on AML rules

Licensing expert David Clifton, of gambling consultancy Clifton Davies, takes a look at the recent movement by the regulator to tighten up money-laundering processes and doesn’t see any good news for bookmakers. The recent publication on the Gambling Commission’s website of a public statement highlighting failures in Paddy Power’s anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility processes is the latest in what …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Ever increasing regulatory requirements & the need for local assessments

When I first started advising the UK betting industry in the 1980s, it lived in a very different regulatory world than it lives in today. It was a land-based industry. Remote betting took place only by phone. The Gaming Board for Great Britain (the predecessor to the Gambling Commission) had no jurisdiction as far as the betting industry was concerned. The …

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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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