Taylor Wessing summarises changes to the way online gambling is regulated in Britain

Draft legislation published by the government on 3 December 2012 will require all operators (irrespective of where they are based in the world) to obtain a licence from the UK’s Gambling Commission to deal with British consumers and to advertise in Great Britain. Neil Hawley and Graham Hann summarise the proposed key changes to the regulation of online gambling.

The Government has published the draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill which, if passed into law, will amend the Gambling Act 2005 so that remote gambling by consumers living in Great Britain will be regulated on a ‘place of consumption’ basis instead of the current ‘place of supply’ basis.

At the moment, the Gambling Act 2005 requires each operator that wants to offer its services in Great Britain to be licensed or regulated by one of the jurisdictions approved by the UK’s Gambling Commission – the ‘white-listed’ jurisdictions. Licences issued in these ‘white listed’ countries are treated as having been issued in Great Britain…

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