Category Archive: UK

UK: Tweaks to Rules on Sales Promotions and Competitions

By Jack Randles and John Wilks

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice (“CAP”) has introduced changes to the provisions of its advertising code which deal with the running of sales promotions, including prize promotions. The full regulatory statement explaining and setting out the changes is here. The amendments to Chapter 8 of the CAP Code came into force on 1 May 2015. The main aim of the changes was to increase consistency with European legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Revised LCCP comes into effect

A new version of the Gambling Commission’s LCCP comes into force today for all operators and personal licence holders (with certain exceptions, as set out in the document).  You can access the new LCCP here.

The revised LCCP was first published in February 2015, with further minor updates made in April 2015.  These April updates relate to:

  • paragraph 8 of social responsibility code provision 3.5.3 (automated self-exclusion facilities) which will come into force on 31 October 2015, in line with other amendments which require system development;
  • updated references to consumer rights legislation to refer to the Consumer Rights Act 2015 ;
  • social responsibility code provision 6.1.1 which will require gambling operators touse an ADR entity which has been approved by the Gambling Commission from 9 July 2015.

A summary of the key LCCP changes can be accessed here.

GB: Advertising of ‘free’ bet promotions

Much has been made of the recent review of gambling advertising, with the marketing of free bets and bonus offers continuing to be a focus, prompted by an increase in the number of complaints about these types of offer.  Claire Sng, of DLA Piper, assesses the challenges faced by operators following the commitment made to police free bet offers more closely.

Read article How ‘Free’ is your ‘Free Bet’ Promotion? which appears in the March/April edition of iGaming Business.

GB: Gambling Commission issues warning over “scam” binary options providers

The Gambling Commission has issued a warning to consumers, designed to minimise the risk deriving from a current regulatory hiatus affecting binary options. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Gambling duties guidance notes – a reminder

A number of operators and suppliers are asking us questions about gambling duties.

As a reminder, the Government published an array of guidance on the subject, which can be found here.

DLA Piper’s Technology Sector – Start-up Pack for UK businesses

DLA Piper’s Technology Sector initiative is a collaboration between lawyers with experience in intellectual property, corporate, employment and commercial matters.

A product of the initiative is a desire to provide assistance and support to early stage start-ups who are looking to establish their business on a more formal basis. One of the best ways we can demonstrate this desire it to provide early stage businesses with access to our expertise.

DLA Piper has produced a suite of standard documents, tailored to the needs of the start-up community. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: DCMS publishes its findings on the interplay between “lotteries” and “betting”

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Government department responsible for the oversight of the gambling industry has published a report following a recent Committee hearing. This follows the Call for Information late last year. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: Government confirms its intentions to wrap its arms around crypto-currency

 In his Budget speech delivered in 17 March, the Chancellor confirmed the Government’s plans with regard to crypto-currency, with detailed contained within a published Treasury document. Read the rest of this entry »

DLA Piper’s London gaming team is hiring

DLA Piper’s gambling team is consistently ranked as one of the premier advisers to the global industry, as evidenced by first-tier rankings in Chambers and Legal 500 directories. Our lawyers understand the way the industry works – we are trusted key advisors and our clients benefit from our deep industry knowledge and experience, and from our creative, solution-oriented and responsive approach. We offer the benefits of a global business law firm, with a network of experience extending across the world.

Our London team works closely with the firm’s gambling advisers across the DLA Piper network. The team now seeks to hire a technically strong attorney with between four and eight years’ pqe or equivalent, gained at a private practice firm or in-house company known for its expertise in this area.

We wish to build on the firm’s practice and now seek a candidate to help drive the practice forward. The right candidate will have a terrific opportunity to help develop our business further and cement DLA Piper’s position as the market leader. Our practice tends to focus on remote gambling so an understanding of that side of the marker would be particularly interesting.

If you think this might be for you, then contact (or call +44 7884 475 825).

UK: Parliamentary summary of fixed odds betting terminals published

A House of Commons Library Standard Note has been published setting out information on fixed odds betting terminals, which are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, containing a variety of games, including roulette. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission consults on “assurance statements” for large operators

The Gambling Commission has published a consulation document aimed at gathering views on the recently announced proposal to require large operators to provide an annual “assurance statement” to the Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Commission publishes summary of latest LCCP changes

Following the publication of the updated LCCP last week, the Commission has just published a summary of the changes.

The summary can be viewed here.

GB: Gambling Commission closes the book on social gaming regulation…for now.

The topic of social gaming and, particularly, whether “casino-style social gaming” should be regulated has received a lot of attention in the last 2-3 years. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Gambling Commission moves to strengthen social responsibility requirements

The Gambling Commission has published its response to the LCCP social responsibility review and a new version of the LCCP has also been published in light of this review. The changes need to be implemented by operators by 8 May (with certain exceptions, as listed in the documents).

The Response can be accessed here.

The updated LCCP can be accessed here.


UK: DCMS continues its consultation on potential Levy replacement

The Department of Culture, Media and Sports has published consultation documents, through which it “seeks views on a bespoke statutory framework that could replace the Horserace Betting Levy”.

The consultation will close on 12 March 2015 and the documents can be found here.

UK: Government opens lotteries consultation

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has launched a consultation aimed at assessing how lotteries and lottery type products are offered in the British market. Read the rest of this entry »

UK: CAP publishes latest advice on gambling advertising

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP), which write and maintain the UK’s Advertising Codes, has published its latest advice on marketers wishing to place adverts for gambling products.  Read their latest advice here.

UK: Detailed study of player interaction with gaming machines published


The Responsible Gambling Trust has published its eagerly awaited independent study into the use of gaming machines in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

GB: Commission publishes rating system on the protection of customer funds

The Commission has published its rating system and an advice note to operators on the requirements to segregate customer funds and disclose to customers the level of protection offered in the event of insolvency.

This ratings category must be included in operator’s terms and conditions by 31 December 2014.

By 2 February 2015, information must be made available to the customer at the point of deposit (including the ratings category) and acknowledged by the customer before being allowed to deposit for the first time.


Social gaming: ISGA publishes second study on links between social games and gambling

The International Social Gaming Association (ISGA) has released its second study addressing concerns that social casino games encourage young people to gamble or develop problem gambling behaviour.  Access the report by clicking here.

The report follows the ISGA’s first report into the social games phenomenon in May 2014.

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