Legal and Regulatory News

Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments

Real Estate Finance

Important 2016 Update to industry standard Certificate of title

The well-known Certificate of title, produced by the City of London Law Society's Land Law committee (Committee), has recently been updated. While the 2016 Update is not a substantive overhaul, there have been some important changes especially in the reliance provisions.

24 November 2016

Gambling industry hit by tsunami!


Gambling companies in the UK are being hit by a tsunami of regulatory intervention and it doesn't look like the industry will be out of the waves anytime soon. 


24 November 2016

Data Protection

ICO cracking down on spam marketing in the online gambling sector

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK's data protection regulator, is cracking down on the online gambling sector's use of personal data to promote online gambling.  It has contacted around 400 companies to threaten them with fines of up to £500,000 if they are found to be collecting and using personal data for marketing in a manner which does not comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR).

21 November 2016

Gambling advertising

ASA Ruling: Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd

The Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") has published a ruling against Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming Ltd in respect of an email promotion for the Ladbrokes Casino on the grounds that the promotion was misleading.

02 November 2016

The slow path to levy reform


We are still awaiting a formal update from the UK Government concerning its proposals for the reform of the Horserace Betting Levy after its brief announcement in the spring (see here for our analysis then).  However, since the spring the following significant events in relation to levy reform have occurred.


25 October 2016


CMA investigates online gambling industry for consumer law compliance

The Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) has announced that it is launching an investigation into online gambling operators amidst fears of consumer law breaches. The investigation will form part of a joint programme of work with the Gambling Commission (the “Commission”), following in the wake of concerns raised by the Commission earlier this year surrounding the fairness of licensees’ consumer-facing terms.

21 October 2016

Gambling advertising

Three adverse ASA rulings cause legal headache for Coral Interactive

This month, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published three rulings against Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd in respect of its advertisements. The first two rulings relate to adverts created as part of Coral Interactive's Euro 2016 campaign and illustrate the importance of ensuring that gambling promotions are not contradictory and do not cause any unnecessary disappointment. 

26 September 2016


Advocate-General supports broadcasters in long-running TVCatchup saga

The dispute between streaming website TVCatchup ("TVC") and three UK television broadcasters (ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5) has been running for 7 years now, with no immediate end in sight. Our earlier reports on these proceedings, in which Olswang acts for all three broadcasters, can be found here and here

15 September 2016

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