Legal and Regulatory News
Updates on the latest legal and regulatory developments
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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 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
On 20 October 2016, the ICC Executive Board approved changes to their Rules which will be effective as of 1 March 2017.
23 November 2016
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
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
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
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
In the case of British Gas Trading Limited v Lock and another the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the Working Time Regulations 1998 (“WTR”) can and should be read to require employers to include certain results-based commission paid to workers when calculating the rate of pay for the basic statutory four weeks’ holiday entitlement.
14 October 2016
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has published a ruling against William Hill for failing to make clear in the body of one of its ads that a free bet offer applied only to bets of certain odds.
11 October 2016
The President of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) has issued guidance setting out the protocol for 'judicial assessment' of a claim and a response as part of Employment Tribunal proceedings.
05 October 2016
Two British men face criminal charges for offences committed under the Gambling Act 2005, in what is thought to be the first ever criminal prosecution involving video games gambling.
27 September 2016
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
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
Injunctions update - Summer 2016
14 September 2016
For both individual web users and commercial online businesses, linking to third party content is essential, especially in the age of social media. But by linking to copyright content, does the user risk infringing it by unlawfully "communicating it to the public"?
13 September 2016