Council successfully resists first s.53D interim steps appeal in licensing dispute

June 8th, 2017

An English Council has successfully resisted an interim steps appeal under s.53D of the Licensing Act 2003, in what is thought to be the first known instance of its kind.

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Gambling Commission can prevent bingo in pubs following Court of Appeal ruling

June 1st, 2017

A landmark Court of Appeal ruling has held that the Gambling Commission was entitled to prevent Greene King from hosting gambling or bingo games, even in instances where its venues fulfilled the relevant criteria for obtaining a premises licence.

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ASA bans “irresponsible” ads for alcohol delivery service

May 25th, 2017

The Advertising Standards Authority (ARA) has banned a series of social media ads for an alcohol delivery service, amidst concerns that the promotions trivialised addiction.

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Ban overturned on controversial Iron Man ad for Ladbrokes’ online gaming

May 18th, 2017

A ban on a controversial email ad for Ladbrokes’ online gaming services featuring images of Marvel superhero Iron Man has been overturned, after the bookmaker managed to convince regulators that its emails had been distributed to a strictly over-18 database. The news follows a previous Judgment in August 2016, which saw the ad banned by … Continue reading “Ban overturned on controversial Iron Man ad for Ladbrokes’ online gaming”

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New guidance on regulations for e-cigarettes

May 11th, 2017

The Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has this week updated its guidance on regulations for e-cigarettes – which confirms that e-cigarettes and related products will now be regulated under the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The TPD has set out a series of new regulations which it says will ensure that “minimum standards … Continue reading “New guidance on regulations for e-cigarettes”

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Stiff fines for misleading gambling advertising should act as a warning to others, says leading Solicitor

May 5th, 2017

Richard Williams, a Licensing and Gaming Partner at London law firm Joelson, has said the Gambling Commission’s decision to penalise a gaming operator for its advertising failings should stand as a warning to others. The Commission has announced that it has imposed its first ever financial penalty for advertising failings, after taking action against BGO … Continue reading “Stiff fines for misleading gambling advertising should act as a warning to others, says leading Solicitor”

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Proposed tax on free plays and bonuses in online gaming dropped from Finance Bill

April 28th, 2017

Earlier this week, the Government dropped numerous pieces of legislation from the Finance Bill 2017, including plans to tax free plays and bonuses in relation to online gaming. The Finance Bill was given its final reading in the House of Commons on Tuesday 25 April 2017, when 72 out of 136 proposed clauses were dropped … Continue reading “Proposed tax on free plays and bonuses in online gaming dropped from Finance Bill”

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Important changes to Licensing Law introduced this month

April 19th, 2017

A series of changes to the UK’s licensing regime in England and Wales were introduced on 6 April 2017, affecting anything from Personal Licence Applications to Transfer Applications. Joelson’s Licensing, Gambling & Regulatory team has put together this brief update on what exactly has been changed. Personal and New Premises Licence Applications The biggest change … Continue reading “Important changes to Licensing Law introduced this month”

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House of Lords Committee publishes 180-page report on the Licensing Act 2003

April 7th, 2017

The House of Lords Select Committee has now published its long-awaited report on the Licensing Act 2003, which sets out a series of suggestions and recommendations for a “radical comprehensive overhaul” of the Act. The 180-page document cites what the House of Lords Select Committee deems to be “basic flaws” in the “inadequate statutory framework” … Continue reading “House of Lords Committee publishes 180-page report on the Licensing Act 2003”

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Gambling Commission calls on industry to take “swift action” on consumer complaints processes

April 3rd, 2017

Following a recent review into industry-wide consumer complaints processes, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is calling upon gambling businesses and alternative dispute resolution providers (ADR) to take “swift action” on changing the way in which complaints are handled. The comments come alongside the publication of the UKGC’s Consumer complaints and redress review, which is calling … Continue reading “Gambling Commission calls on industry to take “swift action” on consumer complaints processes”

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