The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers
Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown
The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Gambling Commission—compliance and enforcement powers
  • Gambling Commission investigations
  • Enforcement
  • Investigation and prosecution
  • Appealing an enforcement decision of the Commission

Gambling Commission investigations

The Gambling Commission regulates the commercial gambling industry in Great Britain.

The Commission has published a policy statement on Licensing, compliance and enforcement under the Gambling Act 2005 (June 2017) which sets out the Commission’s regulatory policies in relation to carrying out compliance activities.

In carrying out its functions, the Commission is under a duty to pursue and have regard to the licensing objectives set out in section 1 of the Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005):

  1. preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime

  2. ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and

  3. protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Where concerns have been raised about a licensee, the Commission may commence an investigation. Where appropriate, in certain specific cases, the Commission may seek to fulfil its statutory obligations and pursue the licensing objectives through means that stop short of a completed formal licence review under GA 2005, s 116. One means for achieving this will be by way of regulatory settlement.

The Commission may also consider a regulatory settlement if the licensee is:

  1. open and transparent in its dealings with the Commission

  2. able to make timely disclosure of material facts to the Commission

  3. able to demonstrate