Published: 13 March 2020
The compliance process involves licensed gambling operators, individuals working in the industry at all levels (particularly those who hold personal licences), the Gambling Commission, the police and the Local Licensing Authority.
The primary purpose of compliance and enforcement is to ensure that the Licensing Objectives under the Gambling Act 2005 are met. Enforcement can be both regulatory or criminal and the Gambling Commission has broad powers to investigate, impose regulatory sanctions and/or initiate criminal proceedings.
The Commission’s compliance staff deal with all sizes of operation across the gambling industry including remote (online) and non-remote (land-based) Business to consumer sectors. Officers also work with gaming machine and software developers and suppliers.
Local Licensing Authorities are responsible for issuing premises licences and permits under the Gambling Act 2005 and have regulatory powers to ensure operator compliance with the legal requirements imposed by those permissions, including any relevant conditions and codes of conduct.
The police also have wide powers to investigate illegal gambling activities.
The Gambling Commission has extensive powers to review operating licences, for any reason they believe appropriate. Similarly, Licensing Authorities, along with the other local Responsible Authorities, have the power to initiate review proceedings against premises licences. Licensing Authorities also have the power to cancel/revoke gambling permits.
We act for clients in relation to enforcement actions taken by the Gambling Commission, including review proceedings. It is always beneficial to engage with any concerns at the earliest opportunity and our Gambling Team has extensive experience to assist with any queries.
We regularly advise on both the Gambling Commission’s and Licensing Authorities approaches to compliance and enforcement.
We have produced detailed policies and procedures for our clients to ensure that they comply with the extensive regulatory requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.
This is supported by training for personnel at all levels, from those who work on the shop floor to personal management licence holders at a corporate level.
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