Gambling Commission recaps 2016 and lays out plans for year ahead

At the 2017 ICE Totally Gaming conference earlier in February, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission, provided an update on recent developments in the industry, the work the regulator has undertaken over the last 12 months, and its strategy for the year ahead.

Gambling

eSports Youtube providers fined for operating unlicensed gambling websites

Dylan Rigby (34) and Craig Douglas (33), who ran unlicensed gambling website FutGalaxy.com, appeared at Birmingham Magistrate’s Court on 18 September 2016 accused of advertising unlawful gambling under the Gambling Act 2005.  On 6 February 2017, the two British men both from Essex who entered guilty pleas to offences under the Gambling Act 2005, were ordered to pay fines; Rigby was ordered to pay £174,000 and Douglas was ordered to pay £91,000.

Litigation

High Court confirms rights to a claim in arbitration can be transferred to another while an arbitration is on-going

In November 2016, the English High Court was asked to rule on an arbitral tribunal's jurisdiction after it made an award in favour of a claimant that had undergone a corporate restructuring halfway through the arbitration (A v B [2016] EWHC 3003 (Comm)).  The restructuring occurred under Indian law, but the decision may affect any litigant that goes through a restructuring process outside of England and Wales during an arbitration.