High Court rejects Gibraltar body’s UK PoC regime appeal

High Court rejects Gibraltar body’s UK PoC regime appeal

Friday, October 10, 2014 Totally Gaming

Great Britain’s High Court today (Friday) rejected a legal challenge by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) over the UK’s new Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014.

The GBGA in August launched an appeal against the new Point of Consumption (PoC) licensing system after branding it “unlawful”, “illegitimate, disproportionate and discriminatory”.

The legal challenge led to the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport last month announcing that the new PoC system, which had been due to come into effect on October 1, was to be delayed until November as a result of the appeal.

However, following today’s (Friday) decision by the High Court to reject the challenge, the new system will come into effect in the UK from November 1.

In a brief statement, the UK Gambling Commission said: “We welcome the judgment. Now we can get on with improving the protection for those gambling in Britain.”

As a result of the delayed implementation, the Gambling Commission reopened the application process for companies that wish to qualify for continuation rights regarding a UK remote gambling licence.

The watchdog received applications from 161 companies by the original deadline of midnight on September 16, but companies now have up to and including October 23 to apply for continuation rights.

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