With the Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill (‘Bill’) awaiting Royal Assent, what’s next for remote gambling operators targeting the UK market?
The final amendments were made to the Bill in the House of Commons on 26 March 2014, and it will become law once it receives Royal Assent. The Bill means that any operator wanting to target UK customers, including those already able to operate legally in the UK without a licence from the Gambling Commission under the current regime, will be required to obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission in order to access the UK market.
The Gambling Commission has published a revised set of FAQs setting out some basic information about how it intends to implement the Bill. Some key points to note are set out below:
Assessing the application:
If you intend to offer gambling services to British residents after August this year, and do not yet have the appropriate licence(s) from the Gambling Commission, you may already be preparing your application. If you are not, now is the time to start. In particular, for operators providing gambling facilities to multiple jurisdictions it is important to start considering early how to explain to the Gambling Commission the basis on which you think that providing those services is not illegal in each jurisdiction. With offices on 5 continents, K&L Gates LLP is able to provide multi-jurisdictional advice, coordinated from our London office by our dedicated Gambling team. If you have any questions about this, the application process or the information requirements imposed by the Gambling Commission, please contact Warren Phelops or Andrew Danson, who would be happy to assist.
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