Legal and Regulatory News

Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments


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


Virtual currencies, eSports and social gaming

The Gambling Commission recently published a discussion paper, considering issues surrounding virtual currencies, eSports and social gaming. Anna Soilleux-Mills, senior associate at Olswang, and Alasdair Lamb, associate at the firm, examine some of the issues raised.


09 September 2016

ASA rulings: Rational, Triplebet and Ladbrokes

During the course of last month, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) published various rulings against gambling operators, highlighting the potential pitfalls that advertising gambling can pose.

06 September 2016

Gambling advertising

ASA Iron Man ad decision shines spotlight on operators' use of popular characters

On 24 August, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (‘ASA’) upheld a complaint against an email advert sent by Ladbrokes, which featured imagery and text relating to the film Iron Man 3. The ASA found that the ad breached CAP Code rules 16.3 and 16.3.12 as the ASA considered that the Iron Man character’s ‘comic book nature, and the availability of various related toys, meant [the ad] was likely to have particular appeal to children and young people.’

31 August 2016


Reflecting on the Gambling Commission's activities in the last year and what the future might hold for gambling regulation in Great Britain

This summer the gambling industry has had some insight into what the Gambling Commission's current and future priorities are when it comes to regulation. This came in the form of the Gambling Commission's Annual Report for 2015/16 and Philip Graf's departing speech as Chairman of the Gambling Commission at the RSA in July. Both of these provide some insight into what we can expect to see in the coming year and it is apparent that issues around protecting consumers are likely to remain at the forefront of the Gambling Commission's mind. As (in the words of Graf)  gambling becomes a "normalised" activity it is interesting to look at how the Gambling Commission hopes to engage and work with operators to protect consumers in an ever more digitalised world.  The threat of tougher enforcement action against operators and personal licence holders also looms on the horizon.

24 August 2016

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