Crackdown on UK gambling ads expected to ban use of celebrities – The Guardian

Posted October 22nd, 2020 in advertising, codes of practice, gambling, news, young persons by sally

‘The use of celebrities such as sports personalities and reality TV stars in betting and gambling ads is expected to be banned under new rules designed to crack down on marketing targeting under-18s.’

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The Guardian, 22nd October 2020

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Man denied £1.7m payout by Betfred takes fight to High Court – BBC News

Posted October 16th, 2020 in computer programs, consumer protection, contracts, gambling, interpretation, news by sally

‘A man who was refused a payout of £1.7m after his online betting company account was credited with the money is taking his case to the High Court.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2020

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Inquest into suicide of gambling addict will explore if UK state failed him – The Guardian

‘The parents of a gambling addict who killed himself have said government bodies “do not want to know what killed a perfectly happy and healthy 24-year-old” who was hooked on “products licensed by the state”.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2020

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Gambling regulation has gone ‘horribly wrong’, says Lord Grade – The Guardian

Posted July 2nd, 2020 in gambling, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The regulation of gambling has gone “horribly wrong” and should be radically overhauled without delay, a House of Lords committee has urged. Ministers have pledged to review the 2005 Gambling Act in the face of a growing consensus among MPs and addiction experts that legislation passed under Tony Blair’s government is no longer effective. But in a wide-ranging report, a select committee led by former ITV and BBC chairman Lord Grade said sweeping changes could go forward without the need for a review.’

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The Guardian, 2nd July 2020

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Government and watchdog ‘are totally failing problem gamblers’ – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2020 in gambling, government departments, news, ombudsmen, select committees by sally

‘The government and the gambling watchdog have an “unacceptably weak understanding” about the harmful effects of gambling and how to tackle them, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2020

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New Judgment: The Advocate General representing the Commissioners of HMRC v KE Entertainments Ltd (Scotland) [2020] UKSC 28 – UKSC Blog

Posted June 25th, 2020 in fees, gambling, news, Scotland, Supreme Court, time limits, VAT by sally

‘The Appellant (“the taxpayer”) operates bingo clubs. Customers pay a fee, which entitles them to play in a number of bingo games (collectively, a “session”). The present dispute arises from a change in guidance given by HMRC about how participation fees should be calculated. Until 2007, the guidance stated that bingo promoters should calculate the participation fees separately for each game. In February 2007, HMRC issued Business Brief 07/07, which stated that participation fees should be calculated on a session by session basis.’

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UKSC Blog, 24th June 2020

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Clarification of the Test for Dishonesty in Criminal Law: R v David Barton and Rosemary Booth [2020] EWCA Crim 575 – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 12th, 2020 in contracts, deceit, gambling, news, Supreme Court by sally

‘In this landmark decision, a five – judge constitution of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), headed by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, clarified that the test for dishonesty in criminal law is that set out by Lord Hughes in the Supreme Court authority of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) (trading as Cockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67; [2018] AC 391. This test is to be preferred to the test of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in R v Ghosh [1982] QB 1053.’

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Park Square Barristers, 30th April 2020

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Gambling firm Betway hit with record £11.6m penalty – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2020 in consumer protection, fines, gambling, money laundering, news, ombudsmen by tracey

‘Online betting firm Betway has been hit with a record penalty of £11.6m for failings over customer protection and money-laundering checks.’

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BBC news, 12th March 2020

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Gambling Commission is “a small regulator in a huge and fast-evolving industry”, warns spending watchdog – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2020 in budgets, gambling, news, ombudsmen, regulations, statistics by sally

‘Even if the Gambling Commission were to make recommended improvements, it is “a small body that is unlikely to be fully effective in regulating a challenging and fast-changing industry within the current system”, the National Audit Office has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th March 2020

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‘Shell-shocked’ bookmakers face big fines for underage betting at Royal Ascot – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2020 in fines, gambling, horse racing, news, young persons by tracey

‘Racecourse bookmakers say they are “shell-shocked” at a decision by the Gambling Commission to ramp up punishments meted out for failing to prevent underage betting. Seven bookmakers have been told they must pay what amounts to 2.5% of their gross profit for an entire year after being caught by enforcement action at Royal Ascot last summer, when each of them allowed a 16-year-old – the permitted age is 18 – to place a £5 bet.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2020

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Gambling watchdog bans credit cards for online betting sites – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in consumer credit, consumer protection, electronic commerce, gambling, news by sally

‘Gambling businesses are to be banned from allowing consumers in Great Britain to use credit cards to bet from 14 April, the Gambling Commission has announced.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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Betting ad featuring England footballer Declan Rice banned, as watchdog rules prank videos are advertising – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 8th, 2020 in advertising, gambling, internet, news, ombudsmen, sport by sally

‘YouTube prank videos made by corporate brands are subject to advertising rules, a watchdog had ruled after banning a clip of England footballer Declan Rice appearing for a betting company.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th January 2020

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Pub becomes first in the UK to lose gaming licence for failing to stop children using machines – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 27th, 2019 in children, gambling, licensed premises, licensing, news by sally

‘A pub has become the first in the UK to lose its gaming licence after it failed to stop children using machines.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th November 2019

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MPs call for reform of online gambling laws – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 8th, 2019 in electronic commerce, gambling, internet, news by tracey

‘The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Gambling Related Harm (GRH APPG) said current legislation has its limitations and that new laws should be introduced and “focus on prevention of harm and retrospective concerns” and further “assess the kind of industry we would like to have in the future”.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th November 2019

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Regulator approves self-exclusion system for problem gamblers – The Guardian

Posted September 2nd, 2019 in electronic commerce, electronic mail, gambling, internet, news by sally

‘A system that allows problem gamblers to block themselves from all UK betting websites in one go has finally been approved by the industry regulator, 18 months after it was supposed to be ready, the Guardian understands.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2019

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Inquest to consider state’s role in gambling addict’s suicide – The Guardian

Posted August 29th, 2019 in gambling, inquests, news, suicide by tracey

‘The government could be held liable for a gambling addict’s suicide after a coroner ruled that his inquest could consider whether the state failed in its duty to protect him.’

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The Guardian , 28th August 2019

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Gambling app advert banned for using young footballers – The Guardian

Posted August 21st, 2019 in advertising, complaints, gambling, news, ombudsmen, sport by sally

‘A Facebook advert for a gambling app featuring young football players including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé has been banned by the advertising regulator.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2019

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Ladbrokes Coral fined after customer lost £98,000 – BBC News

Posted July 31st, 2019 in consumer protection, fines, gambling, money laundering, news by sally

‘The owner of Ladbrokes Coral has been fined £5.9m for not protecting vulnerable customers and for failings in its anti-money laundering measures.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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Gambling addict’s parents launch action to hold government liable for his death – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2019 in compensation, gambling, human rights, inquests, news, regulations, standards, suicide by sally

‘The parents of a gambling addict who took his own life have launched a legal bid to hold the government liable for his death, potentially opening the floodgates to multiple compensation claims citing lax regulation by the state.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2019

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Gambling machines and websites to carry alcohol-style health warnings in new ‘public health’ approach – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2019 in fines, gambling, health, news, sentencing by sally

‘Gambling firms will be expected to carry alcohol-style health warnings on the risks of products from Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to online bets on sports matches to combat addiction.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2019

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