Legal and Regulatory News
Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments
This month, the Government launched a consultation on prohibiting betting on the outcome of non-UK versions of the EuroMillions, citing fears that the lines between the National Lottery and betting are becoming blurred, leading to confusion amongst customers and a potential threat to funds raised for good causes.
23 March 2017
On Wednesday the Government issued the draft statutory instrument it proposes to bring in reform of the horserace betting levy. This is ostensibly to extend the levy to remote gambling operators situated outside Great Britain but they have, as anticipated, taken the opportunity (and on what we see as a questionable legal basis) to make some significant alterations to the general levy structure.
13 March 2017
On 1 March 2017 the Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") upheld a complaint against LeoVegas Gaming Ltd on the basis that one of its advertorials – which promoted a registration bonus offer – suggested that participants would win a cash prize and was therefore misleading and in breach of the CAP Code.
08 March 2017
A new regime for provision of regulatory references comes into force today, which primarily affects regulated businesses caught by the Senior Managers' Regime and the Senior Managers Insurance Regime (that is, banks, building societies, credit unions and PRA-designated investment firms, branches of foreign banks as well as large insurance and reinsurance firms).
07 March 2017
The annual increases in the limits on certain employment tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation are due to come into force on 6 April 2017.
23 February 2017
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.
17 February 2017
In The RBS Rights Issue Litigation  EWHC 3161 (Ch), the High Court affirmed the narrow definition of the "client" for the purposes of legal advice privilege, following Three Rivers District Council and others v Governor and Company of the Bank of England (No. 5)  EWCA Civ 474....
17 February 2017
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  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.
14 February 2017
Earlier this month, the Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") upheld a complaint against Profit Squad Ltd for misleading consumers by describing its matched betting product as "risk free".
10 February 2017
HM Courts and Tribunals Service announced in June 2016 that it intended to introduce an online database of employment tribunal decisions.
09 February 2017
The Ministry of Justice has published its long awaited review of the introduction of employment tribunal fees. This incorporates a consultation on proposals for reform of the existing remission scheme under which qualifying claimants can receive help with paying the fees required to bring a claim.
02 February 2017
Advocate General Szpunar has today delivered his opinion on the questions referred by the English High Court in the judicial review brought by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (the "GBGA") against the extension of UK gambling duty to overseas operators.
19 January 2017
Victoria Plum Limited v. Victorian Plumbing Limited  EWHC 2911 (Ch)
This High Court ruling handed down by Justice Carr is one of very few English cases tackling the issue of trade mark infringement in the context of keyword advertising, as well as the coexistence of two parties with confusingly similar names...
19 January 2017
TGP Europe and Fesuge, the operators of 12Bet, 138.com, Fun88 and TLC Bet, have entered into a voluntary settlement with the Gambling Commission for a number of failures arising from a Cheltenham Festival bonus offer. Over 5000 accounts were suspended by the operators following concerns relating to suspected bonus abuse. The Gambling Commission published a public statement on 11 January 2017, which encourages other operators to ensure the terms and conditions of bonus promotions are fair and easily understood by consumers, and to act quickly when evidence of consumer detriment is identified, especially in response to complaints.
16 January 2017
With the GDPR on the horizon, the EU is now overhauling and expanding the reach of the more specific privacy rules which relate to direct marketing, cookies and other forms of online monitoring. The ability of social media and messaging services to track users is one of many areas touched on in the European Commission's newly proposed ePrivacy Regulation, which was officially unveiled last week. We highlight some key impacts for the tech and media sectors, provided the proposed draft passes through the legislative process without dramatic changes. Businesses should incorporate these new requirements into their GDPR readiness planning.
16 January 2017